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JANUARY, 1896. 



By the Editor. 

Two sketches of the life of Lieutenant-Governor Stoughton, 
whose portrait accompanies this article, have already appeared in 
the Register — one by Henry H. Edes, Esq., in the twenty-third 
volume, pages 25 to 27 ; and the other by the late William Thad- 
deus Harris, A. M,, in the third volume, pages 117 to 118. But 
it seems proper to present an outline of his life to accompany his 

William Stoughton* was the second son of Capt. Israel Stough- 
ton of Dorchester, Mass., who returned to England, and served in 
the Parliamentary army.f Israel had at least two brothers — Rev. 
John Stoughton, D.D., rector of St. Mary's Church, Aldermanbury, 
London, and Thomas of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn. 
Rev. Dr. Stoughton was the step-father of Rev. Ralph Cuds worth, 
the author of the "True Intellectual System of the Universe," and 
of Capt. James Cudworth of Scituate, New England.^ 

The subject of this sketch was born in 1631 or 1632, probably in 
England, though his birth is sometimes given as at Dorchester, 
Mass. He was educated at Harvard College, where he was gradu- 
ated in 1650. He remained here about a year after graduating. 
His father, who died in 1645, bequeathed to him one half of his 
library (Register iv., 51), and to his two other sons one quarter 
each. He studied theology in this country, and is said to have been 
nvited to become the colleague of Rev. Richard Mather at Dorches- 
er, as the successor of Rev. John Wilson, Jr., who had resigned 
is office in Dorchester, and had been settled in 1651 at Medfield. 

See a pedigree of Stoughton, probably of a family related to the New England Stough- 

', in Register, vol. v., p. 350. 

See an account of him in the Dorchester Antiquarian Society's History of Dorchester, 

s., pp, 83-6. His will is in the Register, vol. iv., p. 51, and his inventory in vol. vii., 


ee Register, vol. iv., pp. 101-4 ; and vol. xxi., pp. 249-50. 

VOL* L. 2 


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10 William Stoughton. [Jan. 

Soon after this he went to England and was incorporated A.B. 
of Oxford University, April 28, 1652, became a fellow of New 
College, and was made Master of Arts June 30, 1653.* He 
preached awhile in the County of Sussex. He lost his fellowship 
after the restoration of Charles II. in 1660. 

In 1662 he returned to Massachusetts and was made a freeman 
of the Colony May 3, 1665. The December following he was again 
asked to settle in the ministry at Dorchester. This invitation was 
several times repeated, but he could not be induced to accept the 
invitation. In 1666, after the death of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, 
he received an invitation from the Church at Cambridge to become 
its pastor. He preached the Election Sermon at the annual General 
3ourt, April 29, 1668. He received the thanks of the Court, with 
a request to prepare it for the press. A sentence in this sermon has 
been oftener quoted than any other in early New England literature. f 

In 1671 he was chosen an assistant, and was annually rechosen 
till 1677. He was elected to the same office in 1680, and held it 
till 1686. He was a commissioner for the United Colonies from 1674 
to 1676, and from 1680 to 1686. In May, 1674, the General 
Court appointed him to keep the County Courts in Norfolk, and 
May, 1676, a similar order was passed to keep the County Courts 
at Portsmouth or Dover, and also at Wells in York County. 

In 1676 Stoughton and Peter Bulkeley, speaker of the House of 
Deputies, were appointed, in compliance with the requisition of 
Charles II., agents to represent the colony before the king, to 
answer various complaints against the Massachusetts government. 
They left Boston October 31, 1676, and arrived in England Decem- 
ber 20, following. J They discharged their duties with ability and 
discretion, though many of the colonists were not satisfied. He 
returned to New England July 24, 1679. He refused a second 
appointment to the same agency in 1680. 

Stoughton and Joseph Dudley made, February 18, 1681-2, a 
" report of their transactions in the purchase of the Nipmuck terri- 
tory, and as ' an acknowledgement of their f great care and pajnes,' 
the General Court granted to each of them one thousand acres of 
land in that country. It was laid out at a place called Marichonge, 
and the f platt' was accepted by the Legislature 4 June, 1685." § 

The charter of Massachusetts was declared vacant in 1685. On 
the 15th of May, 1686, a commission from King James II., dated 
September 27, 1685, was received in New England for organizing n 
new government, to consist of a president, a deputy president, and bu 
teen counsellors. The Council organized May 25. Joseph DudK 
was named in the commission as president, and Stoughton was ma 
deputy president. Their authority extended over Massachuscf 

'I tor" Alumni Oxonirnses (1500-1714), vol. iv., p. 1432. 
t Sec tins number, page 71. 

pt. John Mason (Prince Society), page 103. 
^Sibley'* Harvard Graduate!, vol. I., p. 19's. 

12 Letter of Alexander M'pDougalL [Jan, 

tion was laid 9 May, 1696, and the building was completed in 1699. 
It was one hundred feet long and twenty broad, and 'contained 
sixteen chambers for students, but no public apartments.' " He 
left the college, by will, other valuable property. 

Stoughton Hall grew weak by age, and was injured, it is said, 
by the earthquake of 1755, so that in 1780 it was taken down. In 
1804-1805 a new edifice was erected and called Stoughton Hall. 
This building is still standing to keep in remembrance the generous 
benefactor of Harvard College. 

Note. — For other details see the two biographical sketches in previous 
volumes of the Register, iii., 117-118; xxiif., 25-27; and those in Sib 
ley's Harvard Graduates, vol. i., pp. 194-208; American Quarterly Regi 
ter, by John Farmer, vol. viii., pp. 333-340, and Washburn's JudicL 
History of Massachusetts, pp. 242-247. 


Cora, by the late John S. H. Fogg, M.D., of South Boston. 

Head Quarters Peeks-Kill 
15 Feby: 1779. 

Your favor of the 12, came to Hand, with the Prisoners. I have long 
known Ackerly was up, and his Business, but did not think his present 

Situation, of sufficient importance, of having him taken by K . Mr: 

Plat will inform you, how I intend to Supply you with Bayonets, — He 
reached you I suppose, yesterday Evening. I intend to send down the 
Remains of Col . Poors Reg 1 , for a few Days, to cover a Forage, making 
by Mr: Hayes near Mamarinack, and shall send by them Public Arms 
with Bayonets, to be exchanged for yours which want them. No good 
Officer or Man, now below, with you, must be Relieved 'till farther orders. 
Give the Officers of Poors all the advice and assistance you can. The 
Money taken from Ketor, will be divided among the Officers and Men, in 
such manner as you think proper. I shall send them down, Six for one, 
when I can raise Cash. Greaton's is at Pine Bridge, Nixon moves in two 
Days, to support Putnam. The Stated P^xpress is on this side Croton, at 
his own House, his Name is John Cross, a Refugee from New York. — ■ 
Give me the earliest advice, of any appearance of a Movement of the 
Enemy, on the River. Mrs: Pollock was detained with the last bad 
weather, two nights. She left this at 8 this morning. 

I am Sir 

Your Humble Servant, 

Lieut Col . Burr. Alex. McDougall. 

Superscription : 

Public Service 
Lieut: Coll Burr 

Commanding on 

the American 
Alex. McDougall Lines 


189G.] WiUiam Stoughton. 11 

New Hampshire, Maine, and the King's Province. On the 26th of 
July, Stoughton was phiced at the head of the courts. 

On the 20th of December, 1686, Sir Edmund Andros arrived at 
Boston with a commission making him governor of New England. 
On the 3d of March, 1687, the courts were reorganized. Joseph 
Dudley was appointed Chief Justice, and Stoughton was made 
Judge Assistant. 

•Vhder the charter of William and Mary, he was Lieutenant-Gov- 
ernor of Massachusetts, and held the office from May, 1692, till his 
death, July, 1701. From November 17, 1694, to May 26, 1699, 
and from July, 1700, to his death, he was acting governor of the 
province. He was appointed June 2, 1692, by Governor Phips, 
^hief Justice of a special tribunal to try the witchcraft cases. The 
history of the doings of this court are familiar to the readers of New 
England history.* On the reorganization of the courts he was 
appointed Chief Justice December 22, 1692. This commission was 
renewed in 1695, and he held the office till within a short time of 
his death.- 

Stoughton's course on the witchcraft trials, over which he pre- 
sided, finds few approvers. Judge Emory Washburn says: "He 
was sincere in his endeavour to ferret out the guilty causes of so wide- 
spread an evil, and pursued the victims with untiring assiduity, 
although, in so doing, he sacrificed all the better feelings of his 
nature, and prostituted the forms of justice to consummate a series 
of judicial murders that have no parallel in our history." f Mr. 
Sibley says : " Notwithstanding the excitement of the time, there 
can be no doubt that, if Stoughton had been as zealous to procure 
the acquittal as he was to bring about the conviction of the accused, 
this black page in the history of New England and humanity could 
never have been written." % 

His popularity did not suffer by his course in this matter, and he 
never expressed regret for it. He died before the reaction against 
the delusion had gained much strength. His course as the chief 
executive of the colony met with general approval, and he died 
highly honored and respected. His death occurred at his residence 
in Dorchester, July 7, 1701. His epitaph, w r ritten by Rev. Increase 
Mather, is printed in the fourth volume of the Register, page 

He was a liberal benefactor to Harvard College. "His benefac- 
tions to the institution," says Sibley, "exceeded those of any other 
person during the century. At a cost of over £1000 he erected the 
brick edifice called, in honor of him, Stoughton Hall. It was situ- 
ated at a right angle with the present Massachusetts Hall, a little 
back of its northeast corner and facing to the west. The founda- 

* See The Witchcraft Delusion of 1G92, by Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, edited by Dr. 
William F. Toole, iu the REGISTER, vol. xxiv., pp. 381-414. 
t Judicial History of Massachusetts, p. 24-5. 
X Harvard Graduates, vol. i., p. 200. 

1896.] District cjf Pepper r el thorough, Me. 13 



[Copied for the Reoister by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston.] 

This district was incorporated in June, 1762, and the name was 
retained until 1805, when Saco was substituted. 

The following items are recorded on a few stray leaves, which are 
now in such a bad condition as to render it impossible to decipher 
all of the entries. The records are attested by Tristam Jordan, 
District Clerk. 


Samuel Richards of Scarboro' and Eleanor Hauscom of Pepperellboro'. 

April 30, 1768. 
Isaiah Brooks and Sarah Burnam, both of Narragansett No. 1. 

June 22, 1769. 
Ezra Davis, Jr., and Susannah Hauscom, both of Pepperellboro'. 

July 2, 1769. 
William Clark and Rebecca Rumery, both of Pepperellboro'. 

July 2, 1769. 
Seth Mitchell and Mary Scammans, both of Pepperellboro'. 

Feb. 24, 1770. 
John Owen and Sarah Bradbury. March 17, 1770. 

Simon Phillbrook of Grenland, N. IL, and Mary McClellan. 

March 17, 1770. 
Samuel Rice of Scarboro' and Jane Libby of Pepperellboro'. 

March 21, 1770. 
Abiathar Wood, Jr. [Record torn off.] 

James Foss of Pepperellboro' and of Scarboro'. August [ ]. 

Douglass Robinson aud Sarah [ Jazleton of Buxton. Sept. 19, 1772. 
Joseph Fletcher and Sarah Edgcomb. Sept. 8, 1772. 
George Parcher, Jr., of Pepperellboro' and Mary Chamberlain of Scar- 
boro'. Sept. 10, 1772. 
John Berry and Eunice [Kearl?]. Sept. 19, 1772. 
John Chamberlain of Scarboro' and Lydia Foss. Aug., 1773. 
Thomas Dearring and Lucretia Townsend. Sept. 11, [ ]. 
[Record torn off. ] Elizabeth Jordan. March 30, [ ]. 
Jordan Fairfield of Pepperellboro and Polly Tappan of [ osta?]. 

April 19, 1772. 
Nathan Elder and Elizabeth Roberts, both of Narragansett No. 1. 

April 18, 1772. 
Freeman Scammans of Pepperellboro and Elizabeth Kimbal of Wells. 

[No date.] 
Ebenezer Wentworth and Jane Morrill, both of Narragansett No. 1. 

April 25, 1772. 
Jabez Lane and Sarah Woodman, both of Narragansett No. 1. 

April 25, 1772. 

VOL. L. 2* 

14 Letter of Major John 8 hapltigh. [Jan. 

James Weems (?) Nevins and Mary Mitchell, Doth of Pepperellboro'. 

April 25, 1772. 
Matthias Ridler, Jr., of Boston and Elizabeth Field of Pepperellboro'. 

August 10, 1772. 
Thomas [Record gone] and Anne Gor[ ] of Pepperellboro'. 

[ ] 13, [ ]• 
Samuel Lowel and Charity Berry, both of Pepperellboro'. 

April 13, 1771. 
James Norton and Mary Davis. May 11, 1771. 

John Hammond and Lucy Foss, both of Pepperellboro'. May 12, 1771. 
Wil[liam] ] Adeowaudo and Sarah Ruraery of a place called Little 

Falls. March, 1775. 

John [Bemis?] of Pepperellboro' and Hannah Fletcher of Biddeford. 

March, 1775. 
Peter Foss of Pepperellboro' and Mary Foss of Scarboro'. 

March, 1775. 
William Marry of Pepperellboro' and Margaret Haley of Biddeford. 

April 2, 1755 (Sic.) 


George Jileson of a place called Mass Camps and Elizabeth Wadlin of 

Little Falls. Married Oct. 12, 1773. 

Enoch Parker and Mary Rumery, both of Little Falls. 

Married Dec. 26, 1774. 
Daniel Hibbard of Sanford and Sarah Wadlin of Little Falls. 

Married Feb. 16, 1775. 
William Deering of Adeowandb and Sarah Rumery of Little Falls. 

April 3, 1775. 
All by Pelatiah Tingley, Itinerant. 
Joseph Elwell and Mehitable Black, both of Pepperellboro'. 

Married August 21, 1768, by Samuel Jordan, Esq., of Biddeford. 


Communicated by the late John S. H. Fogg, M.D., of South Boston. 

a Greable to orders from Col Ichabod Goodwin and He orders me 
to Detach twenty four men from our town to go to west Point and there to 
Du Duty for three months, and the Proporsion for your Company is five, 
which you are to Detach and to mak Your Return to me on the twenty six 
Day of this July, and when the Militia are Drafted there is a fine of ten 
Pound to be Paid in twenty four ours, the Detach ment is from the Band 
only and Every man is to Equip him self as the Law Delicts, and I send 
you a Resolve of the general Cort. Pray Dont Delay the time. This 
from your friend and humble servant 

John Siiapleigh Major 
Kitt<-ry July 17 1781 
To Capt Thomas llammons. 


James Barrett's Returns. 




Copied for the Register by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston. 

The following returns are all superscribed, '* To 'John Avery, 
Esq., Deputy Secretary ;" lists A and B at Watertown ; C, D, E 
at Boston. 


June ye 22! 1778 

To the Honor b Council for the State of the Massachusetts bay 
I have mustered the nine months men, and there names are as follows 

Concord men. 
Joseph Plomer 
Jason Beinis 
Oliver Buttrick 
Cesar Kittle 
William Diggs 
David White 
Benj. Perkins 
Benj. Gould 
Jeremiah Hunt, junr. 

Townshand men. 
William Scott 
William Blain 
Jonathan Patt, junr. 
Jonathan Conck 
Josiah Richardson 

Hophinton men. 
Daniel Bowker 
Levi Smith 
Simeon Eames 
John White 
Joseph Welch 
Isaac Wool son 
Daniel Wheton 

Ashby men. 
Abel Richardson 
Samuel Hincks 
Samuel Davis 

Woburn men. 
Benj. Peirce 
Jonathan Thompson 
Job Miller 
Josiah Porter 
John Trask 

Josiah Belknap 
Josiah Brown 
Daniel Green Brown 
Samuel Tidd 
Uriah Goodwin 
Kemor Blackman 
Eleaser Flagg Pool 

Sherburn men. 
Elias Grout 
Benjamin Hawse 
Benj. Ware 
Caleb Gleason 
Hopestill Fairbanks 

Littelton men. 
Abel Prator 
David Baker 
Peter Wright 
Nathaniel Reed 
Lemuel Dol 

Stonham men. 
John Hill 
John Hill 

Chelmsford men. 
Joseph Cambers 
Josiah Fletcher 
Timothy Adams 
John Crosby 
Levi Proctor 
Robert Pearce, jr. 
William Gilson 

Tewhsbury men. 
John Chamberlin 
Thos. Hoadley 

Jesse Holt 
Joseph Frost 
John Stearns 
Roger Dutton 

Acton men. 
Joseph Reed 
Ruben Lane 
David Cliafnn 
Nathan Darby 
Josiah Davis 

Holiston men. 
Joshua Kindall 
Ichabod Seaver 
Benj. Spear 
moses Darling 
Cuffe Cosons 
Richard King 

Lincoln men. 
Joseph mason, jr. 
William Tliomiug 
Jonas Bond 
Elijah mason 
Abijah munroe 

Chalston men, 
John Penny 
Robert Millet 
William Dickson 
Ephraim Aullet 
Amos Winship 

Billerica men. 
Increase VVyman 
Samuel Spring 
Josiah Blanchard 


James Barrett's Returns. 


Jonathan Baily 
Benj. Baldwin 
Stephen Bennet 
Edward Pollard, jr. 
Timothy Crosby 
Solomon Willson 

Newton men. 
Thomas Fay 
William Boyle 
Caleb Jackson 
Thomas Bileston 
John Paark 
Jonas Blandin 
Peter Clark 
Abner Davenport 
Nehemiah Wilson 

Bedford men. 
Gideon Sanderson. 
Waldner Stone 
John Stevens 

Sherly men. 
Thomas Peabody 
Simeon Harrington 

Sudbury men. 
Isaac Smith 
Samuel Curtis 
Ebeneser Staples, jr. 

June ye 23! 1778 

Elijah Aracis 
Isaac Woodward 
Abel Brighani 
Abel Willis 
Silas mosman 
William maynard 
Daniel maynard 
John Sanders 
Thomas Ames 
Elijah Harrington 
Samuel Sherman 

Framingham men. 
Joshua Hemenway 
Timothy Pike 
Caleb Staess 
Aaron Hill 

Dracut men. 
John Diper 
Jacob Hebberd 
William Clou^h 
Daniel Clough 
Benjamin Bennem 
Uriah Abbot 

Cambridge men. 
Silas Sargant 
Joseph Burns 
Silas Hobiuson 
Josiah Reed 


Daniel Thornton 
Chistofor Pain 
Jesse Blackinton 
Israel Blackinton 
Abijah Brown 
Christofor Decker 

Groton men. 
Josiah Stevens 
Nathan Cory 
Joseph Page 
Simeon Foster 
John Sheple, jr. 
Shattuck Blood, jr. 
Jonathan Colburn 
Isaac Warren 
Joseph Frost 
Isaac Doge 
Ebenezer Farnsworth 
John Peirce 
Francis White 
Eleazer Green, jr. 
Henry Davis 

Stow men. 
Maick ma Clerg 
William Jewall 
Charles Brown 
Isaac Conant 
Jonathan Jewet 
Daniel Brown 
James Barrett 

Muster Master 

To the Honor b Council for the State of the Massachusetts bay I have 
mustered the nine months men and there names are as follows 

Wesford men. 
Thomas Colburn 
Ephraim Chamberlin 
Jonas Wright 
Jonas Blodget 
Peter Ilildreth 
Aaron Blood 

Westown men. 
Daniel Davis 
Joseph mastick 
Peter ( laris 
James Bcames 
Samuel Baley 
Cain Robinson 
Jedathan Bemies 

Natick men. 
Benjamin Butcher 
Jacob Speer 
Lemons mareas 

Wilmington men. 
James Pearson, jr. 
moses Devoson 
Nathan Beard, jr. 
Samuel Eames 
Oliver Adams 

Dunstabel men. 
Enock Spalding 
Asa Emerson 
Benjamin Dilson 

Josiah Rholf 
John mcNeihl 

Waltham men. 
John Kidder 
John Baptist 
Uena Hareet 
Henry Barrin 
Habakkuk Starns 

Marlborough men. 
Timothy Rand 
Josiah Prest 
Nathan Baker 
Silas Baker 
James Whitney 


James Barretts Returns. 


Rubin Preist 

Pepperell men. 
Nathan Loving 
Dennis organ 
William Green 
Josiah mosher 
Thomas Webbor 
John Scot 

Lexington men. 
James Robinson 
Asa Robinson 
Ezra meriam 

Watertown men. 
Peter Lecop 

Peter Asadet 
John Leather 
John Fulford 
Samuel Sanger 
Josiah Bright 

Medford men. 
Nathaniel Peirce 
Isaac Green 
Jonathan Anthony 
Prince Hall 
Whenham Cory 
Prince Freeman 

Maiden men. 
Antoney Rouehang 

Peter Geowan 
Joel Whittemore 
Obad Jenkins 
Andrew Farley 
moses Bordman 

Reding men. 
John Worthebe 
John Andrewson 
Asa Hart 
Edmond Flint 
Samuel Ebenwood 
Jacob Brown 
Jonas Parker 
Amos Briant 
Nathan Felch 

James Barrett 

Muster Master 


July ye 28 ! 1778 

To the Honor b Council for the State of the Massachusetts bay 
mustered the men Inlested into the Roughiland Servis agrcMbele 
solve of the General Court of this State to Serve till the First 
Jenary next 

Watertown men. 
Newton Baxter 
Ebenezer Curtis 
Thomas Sarmer 
Jedediah Larnard 

I have 
to a re- 
Day of 

Lincoln men. 
Thomas Smith 
James Adams 
Jonathan Abel 

Eleazer Farale 
Humphry Feagis 

Acton men. 
Samuel Hosma 
John Faulkner 
Soloman Piper 
Amasa Piper 

Lexington men. 
Jonathan Lorany 
Walter Russell 
Thomas Adams 
Isaac Durant 
Daniel mason 
Christopher man 

Chelmsford men. 
Hesekiah Shardrick 
Robert Spaulding 
Isaac marshall 
David Putnam 
Jacob Reed 
Artemus Spaulding 

Hopkinton men. 
John Wesson 
Amos Stimson 
Solomon Walker 
Jonathan Starnes 
Archabell Wear 
Thomas Low 

Wesford men. 
Thomas Robbins 
Isaae Chandler 
Levi Bixby 
Silas Howard 
Peter Prescott 
Josiah Fletcher 
Amsiah Hilddeth 

Dunstable men. 
Levi Butterfield 
Ebenezer French 

Pepperrall men. 
Jonathan Steavens 
Eleazer Nutting 
William Lawrance 

Sherburn men. 
Simeon Lealand 
Ebenezer Badcock 
moses morse 
oliver Learland 
Asa Fairbanks 

Westown men. 
Solomon Parmenter 
Abel Peirce 
Phinas Stimson 
Jonas Parmenter 
David Livermore 
John Roberts 

Ashby men. 
Caleb Nure 
David Achbell 


James Barrett's Returns. 


Dreacut men. 
David Sawser 
Timothy Kelley 
John mears 
Daniel Jaques 

Toivanshand men. 
Thaddeas Spaulding 
James Cutt 
Peter Adams 
Ebenezer Giles 

Littelton men. 
Jonathan Weatherbee 
Samuel White 
Peter Wheeler 
John Dumpson 

Billerica men. 
Jason Kemp 
William Leestone 
Samuel Starnes 
John Duren 
William Frull 
Timothy Duren 

Bedford man. 
Joshua Holt 
John Abbott 
Cambridg mores 

Wodtham men. 
Jacob Bemis 

Natick men. 
John Badger 
Joseph washburn 

Framingham men. 
David Brewer 
Thaddeaus Hemingway 
Silas Winch 
Amos Underwood 
moses Edget 
Jacob Parmenter 
Hannover Dickerson 
Baraelius Wate 

Tewhsbury men. 
William Browon 
Jed Shed 
Joseph French 
Timothy Hunt 
William Kedney 

Holliston men. 
moses Greenwood 
Abner morse 
Nathan Fisk 
Joseph Foristall 
John Foristall 
Isaac Jenney 

Cambridge men. 
James Jones 
Edmond Frost 
William Bodman 
Richard Hay 
John Stor j 

Concord men. 
John Estabrook 
Paul Lamson 


Groton men. 
Samuel Kemp jr 
Lemuel Parker jr 
Lemuel Parker 
John Trowbridge 

Medford men. 
Benjamin Pike 
William Smith 
Benjamin Stickney 
Joseph Willson 

Newton men. 
Francis Parker 
Peter Durell 
Nathaniel Seser 
Stephen Hastings 

Wilmington men. 
Paul Upton 
Nathaniel Toy 
Jonathan Kider 
Samuel Buck 

Woburn men. 
John Russell 
Jonathan Tyler 
Ezra Wyman 

Redding men. 
Benjamin Flint 
Daniel Graves 
Thomas Sawyer 
Jeremiah P^atton 

James Barrett 

Muster Master 

September ye 19! 1778 

To the Honor b Council for the State of the Massachusetts bay I have 
musterd the men Whose names are Heareafter menshond Sence my Last 
Returne viz — for the Rougdiland Servis to Serve till the first Day of 

for Sudbury men. 

Stephen Bent 
Jacob Johnson 
Abel Tower 

Peter Smith 
Timothy moore 
Ebenezer Parmenter 

Samuel Cutting 

Asahel Tower 
Nathan Dudley 

James Barrett 

Muster Master 

1896.] Letter of Patrick Henry, 19 


November ye 3^ 1778 

To the Honor b Council for the State of the massachusetts Bay I have 
musterd the men Whose names are Hereafter mensond Sence my Last 
Returne in the Roughdiland Service to Serve till the first of Jenuary next 

Marlborough men. Thomas Baker James Bowers 

Jason Harringtou Alexander Watson Silas Gates jr 

Phinehas Brigham Phinehas moor Solomon Rice 

Abraham Stow Job Goodell Joseph Hale 

James Barrett 

Muster Master 


Com. by the late John S. H. Fogg, M.D., of South Boston. 


In Pursuance of a Resolution of the Legislature, I am to appoint a 
fit Person in every County to collect from the Inhabitants of this Common- 
wealth all the BLANKETS and RUGS they are willing to spare for the 
use of the soldiery. I have to beg of you, Sir, to accept of that Appoint- 
ment for your County, and to draw upon me for the Amount of the Pur- 
chase. When it is considered that those who are defending our Country 
are in the extremest want of Blankets, and that our Army cannot take the 
Field without a supply of that Article, I have Hopes that our worthy 
Countrymen will spare from their Beds a Part of that Covering which the 
exposed situation of the soldier teaches him to expect from the Humanity 
of those for whom he is to fight. From your Zeal for the publick service, 
I have the Pleasure to hope for your Exertion to forward this important 
Business, and send what Blankets you get to me. 

I am, Sir, 
Your most obedient humble Servant. 
Dec. 19 th 1776. P. Henry. 

Indorsed in handwriting of Tho s . Jefferson : 
"rec d Jany : 28. 1777" 


Copied by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston. 

These records were taken from a note-book of James Blake, 
Town Clerk, the names not appearing in list of marriages published 
by Record Commissioners. 

April 28, Isaac How, Jr. of Dorchester & Sarah Tucker of Milton. 
July 14, John Palmer and Mary How of Dorchester. 
Aug. 25, Thomas Boucher (Bowker) of Boston & Mrs. Ann Tileston of 

20 Letter of Gen. Artemas Ward* [Jan. 

Nov. 30, Edward White & Elinor Jones both of Dorchester. 

Nov. 30, John Lowder of Dorchester & Mary Chandler of Roxbury. 


April 15, George Merifield of Dorchester & Abigail Mills of Needham. 

April 19, Abijah Neal of Bridgewater & Lydia Spear of Dorchester. 

(" Married without a certificate by Mr. Nile as informed ") 

June 6, Thomas Harris of Dorchester & Lucy Pierce of Watertown. 

Aug. 20, William Kiug & Elizabeth Powel both of Dorchester. 


Oct. 11, James Michaels of Dorchester & Rebecca Pender of Roxbury. 


June 2, Samuel Bird of Dorchester & Mrs. Mable Jenner of Charles- 

Oct. 31, Ebenezer Hayden of Dorchester & Mary Chaplin of Roxbury. 

Nov. 21, Ebenezer Nightingale of Dorchester & Mary Dickerman of 


Dec. 19, Jacobus Derkinderen of Boston & Mary Fowler of Dorchester. 


July 27, Ebenezer Wiswell, Jr. of Dorchester & Irene Lane of Hingham. 


Com. by the late John S. H. Fogg, M.D., of South Boston. 

Headquarters June 12. 1775. 

Gent le 

I have received yours of to day. With regard to the houses filled by 
the Inhabitants of Camb : after Enquiry, I cannot find that they occupy 
any more Room than is necessary for the accomodation of their Families, 
& 1 know of no other method of remedying the inconvenience of having 
the troops crowded than furnishing them with Tents as soon as possible. — 
The Chest of Arms should be glad might be delivered to Maj r . Barber 
who is appointed store keeper, but in order that they may be repaired, it 
will be necessary that proper Supplies should be sent to the Armorers, who 
at present are destitute of materials, as I am informed. I directed that all 
the Horses should be sent you, agreeable to your desire. I am now in- 
formed my directions were complyed with, excepting such which it is said 
were stole. 

I am Gent 1 

Your hbl. Servt 

Aktemas Ward. 

Superscription : 
The Gent" of the Committee 
of Supplies 

1896.] Letters of Elbridge Gerry. 21 


Contributed by Worthington Chauncey Ford, Esq., of Washington, D. C. 
[Concluded from vol. xlix., page 441.] 

Gerry to Jefferson. 

My dear Sir Cambridge 20th Jany 1801 

I now propose to finish my letter of the 15th, which was has- 
tily concluded, to prevent inconvenience to my friend Lincoln. 

In revising your political faith, I am not clear, that we perfectly agree 
in regard to a navy. I wish sincerely, with yourself, to avoid the evils 
pointed out, as the result of a powerful navy, the expense & extensive 
operation of an immense naval establishment, if our resources would admit 
of it, might make us more haughty & enterprising than wise, an object of 
the envy, jealousy & hatred of some or of all the maritime powers, &, 
finally, the victim of our own '' autocracy" : & every one is left to judge 
from his own observations, whether this is not the natural tendency of an 
overgrown navy, but at the same time it appears to me expedient, if not 
necessary, to extend our views to such a naval establishment as will furnish 
convoys to our valuable commerce, & place us, at least, above the depreda- 
tions & insults of small maritime powers, with this qualification, I readily 
confirm the avowal of your political faith as my own. 

Indulge me with some observations on the war party's adroitness, to take 
the credit to themselves of events, which they have labored abuudantly to 
prevent, & to ascribe these, when popular, to means which they had adopted 
to promote a contrary effect, the martial attitude of the U. S., which is 
said to have prevented a war, & which I have before stated was not known 
in France at the time of the official declaration made to me, " that my 
departure from France would bring on an immediate rupture," did not then 
exist, as will appear by attending to facts. On the 18th of March, 1798, 
the French minister, in his letter to the Envoys of that date, signified the 
determination of the directory not to treat with two of them, & their readi- 
ness to open a negotiation with me. on the 23d of March Mr. Pickering 
enclosed to the envoys the President's instructions directing them, under 
certain circumstances, to put an end to the negotiation, & to demand their 
passports; & those instructions were delivered to me on the 12th of May. 
it must therefore be evident, that at the period of my resolution to remain 
in France, the martial attitude, so much boasted of, could not have been 
known there ; because it did not then exist in the U. States, indeed if it 
had existed, it could not possibly have appalled France, in the zenith of her 
power; altho', as an evidence of her contempt, it might have prompted her 
to a declaration of War. but it is very curious, that when the Congretional 
declaimers wish'd, to make the war party popular, they held up the martial 
attitude, as the chef d'oeuvre which prevented war ; & when the principals 
wish'd to point the indignation of that party against the person whom they 
suppos'd to have merited it, they then asserted that he committed the 
unpardonable crime, & thus prevented the U. S. from rising to the highest 
pitch of national glory, by joining the coalition against Frauce. this I am 
informed is stated in a late pamphlet issued from a .prostituted press of that 
party at New York, peace with France was a measure of the last import- 
ance, in my mind, to the U. States; a war, wantonly provoked with her, 
would have made her vindictive & implacable, to the last degree, against 
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22 Letters of Elbridge Gerry. [Jan* 

this country ; would have divided, & thus have weakened the nation ; would 
have been immediately followed by a treaty, offensive & defensive, with 
G. Britain; would have made us compleately dependent on her; would on 
her part have promoted an hauteur & insolence proportionate to that depend- 
ence; & would finally have left us the alternative only, of being reunited 
to her government or of being left by a separate treaty of peace between 
her & France, victims to the vengeance of that exasperated & powerful 
republick. it is evident then, that if in efforts for preventing war there has 
been any merit, the war party are so far from a claim to it, as to be justly 
chargeable with having made every exertion to promote that fatal event. 

The delicate situation in which I was placed, by the rejection of the 
other envoys, & by the declaration of the directory in regard to my depart- 
ure, induced me to consider in every point of View, the effect of every 
measure which suggested itself; & that which was adopted, a proposition 
that the French government should come forward with the project of a 
treaty, & by the joint efforts of their minister & myself should acommodate 
it to the views & interests of the two nations; & that a French minister 
should be sent to our government to complete the business, will appear, I 
think, to have been the best, & would in a short time have been carried 
into effect, had not the Sophia arrived, or other measures intervened to 
defeat the proposition, but what, at that time, would have been the fate 
of the French minister & his project, even if the latter had contained pro- 
visions, exceeding the most sanguine expectations of the U. States ? or in 
what manner would similar provisions, presented by myself to the govern- 
ment in any form of a treaty, been received, at a time when revenge for 
real or supposed injuries took place of a principle of accommodation, & 
when, with many, not to be mad, was to be a traitor ? it was indeed for- 
tunate, all circumstances considered, that measures were not so matured, as 
to have been presented in any form to our government, either by a French 
minister or by myself, as their rejection must have increased the irritation 
on both sides, & have rendered more difficult a reconciliation ; & it was not 
less fortunate, that my communications had a tendency to, & with the opera- 
tion of other causes really did, produce the effect you predicted. 

That in the first place I was ab.sed, in some measure 'by republicans, 
was to me evident; for I had seen at paris, in the American newspapers 
severe strictures on my first conference with Mr. Talleyrand : but I agree 
with you, that they did not proceed far in their censures, & that the war 
party were malignant to excess, the " report " of Mr. Pickering I saw, 
" his letters & conversation," I knew nothing of, or even the President's 
last instructions, until published; but the former produced such an indigna- 
tion & ineffable contempt for the man, as determined me at once to expose 
his partiality, malignity, & injustice; & disagreeable as it always is to the 
publick, to see ministers of the same ambassy contending with each other, 
I nevertheless determined to enter the lists with either or both of the other 
envoys, if they had come forward as Pickering's coadjutors, decency & 
propriety required, that after the request of the President, stated in my 
last, I should wait till his return, & till he could have an opportunity to 
explain matters, this he did without reserve, & communicated the breach, 
between himself & Pickering, produced in the first instance by the rejection 
of the most virulent parts of his report on my communications, & evidenced 
by the President's nomination of new Envoys to France, this information 
changed the complection of affairs, & as the plan of the war faction, of 
which Mr. Pickering was prime agent, was to bring on me the whole of 
Mr. Adams' as well as their own adherence, it was incumbent on me to 

1896.] Letters of Elbridge Gerry, 23 

defeat its purpose. I therefore communicated my remarks & strictures on 
Pickering's report to the President, & confided in him to do me justice. 
At that time the President had probably determined to dismiss Pickering, 
and whether he (the President) tho't that the disgrace of itself, altho' the 
result of intrigues against himself, was full satisfaction for the intrigues 
against me, or whether he tho't that a direct vindication of me would be 
trampling on a fallen foe, & perhaps implicate himself in some degree for 
having passed the report, no publick notice has been taken of the injustice 
sustained by me. indeed there was one consideration, in regard to a pub- 
lick discussion of the affairs of the mission, which, independent of the dis- 
grace generally attending public disputes & attaching itself to all parties, 
had great weight in my mind, immediately after the publication of my 
communications, & the nomination of new envoys, such a calm took place of 
the tempest which had before agitated the publick mind, as to promise a 
change of publick opinion ; & the promise has been fulfilled to an extraor- 
dinary degree ; in so much, as the war faction, who by means of the presses 
& their general arrangements, had in most of the states, & in this in particu- 
lar the controul of the public opinion, at that time, are now generally exe- 
crated, if that happy state of tranquility, at the moment of it's return had 
been again interrupted by a discussion, which must inevitably have engaged 
the warmest passions of all parties, it was impossible to ascertain whether 
it could be again restored : & the greater the flame which might have been 
produced, the more would it have served the purposes of the war party : 
for their success depended on influencing the passions, & the republicans' 
success influencing the reason, of the people at large, but before a war 
should have been declared, & thereby our independence have been placed, 
as it inevitably must have been, on a precarious footing, I would have stated 
minutely every circumstance of the embassy, without regard to or consider- 
ation of delicacy, or of the feelings of any man. this I would have done, 
at the risk of personal destruction, for whilst the war party, faithfully 
rewarded the other envoys for declaring explicitly in favor of war, & 
" beamed" as you well express it, "meridian splendor" on them; not a 
solitary line was drawn in my favor: whilst " homage" was paid to a molten 
calf, whilst the continent was alive as the other envoys passed to their 
homes, the land ransacked for dainties to enrich the tables every where 
spread for them, & the imagination racked to invent toasts & publish eulo- 
gies in their praise, for having pursued measures, ruinous as we conceived, 
to their country : the most profound silence in every respect was observed 
by the real federalists & true republicans towards me, altho' at every hazard 
of my property life & reputation, & even of the welfare of my family, I had 
stood in the gap, on a forlorn hope, to repel a desperate enemy, indeed, 
a few days after my arrival, the branch faction at Boston, signified, that 
they wished to take publick notice of me, & only waited for me to come 
out in the papers, as the other envoys had done, in favor of a war. My 
answer which undoubtedly exasperated them, was that I did not consider 
myself as the minister of any one state, county or town, much less of a few 
individuals of the latter; that I was accountable to the governmt. only of 
the U. States ; that I had rendered to it a statement of my whole conduct, 
& the government may make what use it pleased of my communications ; 
but that I should take no other measures, & wanted not any notice, as it 
was called, taken of me, on that or any occasion, indeed the ridiculous 
folly of the Epicurean clubs and their toasts, reflected in my mind dishonor 
on the persons, who to attain such eclat could submit to be managed & 
played off as political puppets: & to sell their birthrights, for a mess of 

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pottage, that I was " secretly coudemned to oblivion," by that party, that 
they wished to have had me " guillotined, sent to Cayenne," or the temple, 
to be sunk in the sea, or been sacrificed by a mob, that they stood ready to 
write me down, as they expressed it, to attack me by all the vile & vulgar 
means of ribaldry, carricatures & effigies I had no doubt ; & on my arrival 
had certain information that the mine was charged & train layed : yet the 
apprehension of this, disagreeable as it must be to any one, did not deter 
me from discharging my duty to the public, but when the friends of the 
revolution & independence of this country appeared by their silence to be 
overawed on this occasion, how could they expect that I would " come 
forward," take, as you pleased to term it, " the high ground of my own 
character, disregard calumny" & depending on the meer presumption of 
being " borne above it, on the shoulders of my grateful countrymen," take 
a step, which in regard to its effect, was at least problematical, & if unsuc- 
cessful would have been condemned probably by the republicans as rash & 
impolitic, & most assuredly by the war party, as vindictive & inflammatory, 
this party long before my mission to France gave unequivocal proof that 
they wished to place & keep me in the background that " I was never to 
be honored or trusted by them, & that they waited to crush me forever, 
only, till they could do it without danger to themselves ; " but this gave 
me no concern, I was above their favors, not being in quest of public office, 
or disposed to receive it at their hands, & above their frowns, viewing with 
indifference their impotent malice, whilst the country was free from the 
system of thralldom they were plotting against it. to prevent this I shall 
be ever ready to encounter any danger. 

I recollect to have seen the expression you allude to of a member of 
Congress, unknown to me, that " to have acted such a part, I must have 
been a fool or madman." if his conduct on that occasion did not, in the 
public opinion, prove him to be both, it must have been for this reason only, 
that he was below public consideration & contempt. 

I have been prolix, & could not avoid it, because you desired me to be 
explicit, my mind revolted at the idea of burning your 2d & 3d leaves, 
but rather than have exposed my friend, I would, after answering your let- 
ter, have promptly complied with your wish, the danger being now passed, 
I shalt defer it, untill I have the pleasure of again hearing from you. 

I will now, my dear Sir, bid you adieu for the present, with an assur- 
ance of the highest respect & sincerest attachment, & that I remain your 
affectionate friend. 

Gerry to Jefferson. 
M dear Sir Cambridge 24th Feby. 1801. 

At nine o'clock last evening, Mr. Lee, a warm friend of yours 
& mine, came up from Boston to inform me of your election. 

The precarious state, in which by the wiles of party, the federal execu- 
tive was suspended, the irritation which would have resulted from your 
non-election, even if Mr. Burr had obtained the vote, the great danger of a 
collision of parties, whose habits of animosity, established by their duration, 
would have made them equally violent in their support of & opposition to 
a President pro tempore, the triumph which such a disgraceful event would 
have given to the enemies of our revolution & republican government, & 
the disrepute it would have entailed on free governments in general, whose 
principles it would have been urged, however clearly delineated, will be 
always defeated by the factions which they naturally generate, all conspired 

1896.] Letters of Elbridge Gerry . 25 

to produce in my mind an extreme anxiety for the issue, witli which it has 
pleased the supreme disposer of events to favor the U. States. 

Under existing circumstances, your office is not enviable ; your task is 
arduous, wisdom, moderation, & firmness, are indispensable, so to admin- 
ister the government, as to temper the resentment of the injured, to en- 
lighten & quiet the deluded & prejudiced, to confirm the wavering & by 
separating the chaff from the wheat, as far as filtration is necessary, to pre- 
vent in future a political fermentation, that you may be duly supported & 
be able to attain these important objects, & their natural concomitants the 
welfare of the nation, is my ardent wish, hope, & prayer. 

By Judge Lincoln I wrote you two fugitive letters, which a want of 
leisure prevented me from correcting, digesting, or compressing, if they 
indicated too much feeling, it was naturally roused by the wanton, & the 
unprovoked aggressions of the feudal oligarchy. 

I have mentioned Mr. Lee, as our mutual friend, but this is a considera- 
tion which has no weight in regard to my subsequent observations relative 
to him. My first acquaintance with him was at Paris, where his character 
was well established, both with Americans & Frenchmen, as a man of integ- 
rity, honor, morality, social virtue & pleasing manners, & of good informa- 
tion in the line of his commercial profession, that this was the opinion of 
all the envoys, was evident, from the honorable mention which they made 
of him to the President, & their letter of recommendation of him, for the 
office of Consul, he unfortunately arrived here, at the critical period of the 
federal mania, & being charged in the federal papers with being the bearer 
of private letters to yourself, Mr. Monroe & others, he was in great danger, 
for this unpardonable crime, of being the victim of popular resentment, 
from that time to this, he has been considered by the oligarchists, as a 
Jacobin : a reproachful term, without a definite meaning, but uniformly 
applied to brand with infamy, every man who has refused to abandon his 
rights & reason, & to become the tool of an unprincipled party, the unmer- 
ited attacks on his character, engaged in his behalf a number of respectable 
moderate men, & produced to the President additional recommendations of 
him for the office mentioned, if the President should make any such nomi- 
nation, I think it probable that his name will be on the list; but as the 
former event is problematical, or if it should take place, it may be defeated 
in the Senate as it is now composed, I feel an obligation of Justice to pre- 
sent to your view, this upright, honest republican, who has been persecuted, 
because he was suspected of fidelity to his honorable engagements, per- 
haps it may be said, he is not a native of the U. States but his parents were, 
his father was imprisom d at halifax during the revolutionary war for advo- 
cating their cause; he has more relations in this state than any candidate 
for office, & was himself educated in it, & has made it his constant residence. 
he married moreover a daughter of Colo. Palfrey's, who was paymaster 
General of the Americas, & this lady, who is amiable & accomplished, has 
none but American connections, indeed the assurances which Mr. Lee has 
received from Government has led him to wait the event of the pending 
negotiation, & to refuse several lucrative offers of business, notwithstanding 
the indispensable calls of his amiable & increasing family ; a circumstance 
which perhaps merits attention, either of the consulates of Bourdeaux, 
Marseilles, Havre, & Rouen, Cape Francois, or the great consulate of Gua- 
daloupe, would answer his purpose, although in regard to yourself I think 
it unnecessary to bring into view that upright man & true American Mr. 
[Fulwar] Skipwith, yet the persecution he has suffered, because a republi- 
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26 Letters of Elbvidge Gerry. [Jan. 

can, has interested my feelings in his behalf, & prompts me to express 

And now, my dear Sir, permit me with the most sincere, respectful & 
affectionate attachments, to bid you adieu & to assure you that I remain 
your real friend & obedient servant. 

Gerry to Jefferson. 

Cambridge 29th April 1801 

_,. , . put into the office this day 

My dear Sir r J 

On the 22nd instant, I received your friendly letter of the 29th 
of March, twenty-three days after it was put into the post office, the seal 
is enclosed, having no impression ; but the appearance of having been wet, 
for the purpose of opening the letter, you can determine whether this was 
the case, or whether there is a probability of it : be this as it may, the seals 
of the letters which I have received for a number of years have been so 
often & so manifestly violated as to have destroyed my confidence in such 
institutions ; which in most if not in all countries, are mere political traps, 
among such a number of officers, as are in the department of a post office, 
it would be an extraordinary case, if every one was proof against the cor- 
rupt arts of faction ; & one prostituted officer on each line, is sufficient to 
betray all the secrets of the chief magistrate ; conveyed thro' this channel, 
indeed it will be no difficult thing to make arrangements for discovering the 
culprits; but these must be constantly operative before they can cure the 
evil. I have tho't it necessary to be thus explicit to yourself, as I was to 
your predecessor; because the success of an administration, perfectly just, 
mild, & honorable, as I am sure yours will be, in its views & measures, 
depends much on its preserving an impenetrable cabinet, the discovery of 
the political opinions of a private individual, can be of no great consequence, 
altho' directed to the supreme executive ; because before they can be adopted 
by the latter, they must be well examined, modified & digested, & in a crude 
state can only expose him to the calumnies & malice of party ; but those of 
the prime agent of politicks, if even expressed with caution & precision, 
have a tendency in many cases, in the present state of society, to excite 
jealousies & apprehensions in honest minds of a different persuasion, & are 
always abused by mal-contents, & erjn tortured, as your religious opinions 
have been, for the purposes of slander & vengeance, but you will think, as 
well as myself eno' has been said on this subject. 

The Gazettes, ere this, have announced the disappointment of your ex- 
pectations in regard to my election, it has terminated as I supposed it 
would ; for those who were disaffected to our revolution & are now pining 
for monarchy, conceived, that a compleat overthrow of their antirepublican 
projects, would be the result of my administration, & have made the most 
incredible exertions to prevent it. their insolence has kept pace with their 
triumph, altho' it is well known that the office was not the object of my 
wishes, indeed the emolument is not above two-thirds of the sum, which, 
in addition to present expenses, I must have furnished, to have appeared 
decent : so that the office would have operated as a tax. as to titles, annual, 
or perennial, they are in my mind meer baubles ; for I am well convinced 

" Honor and shame from no condition rise; 
Act well your part, there all the honor lies " 

but I could not have withdrawn myself from the nomination, without an 
injury, which I shall also endeavour to avoid, to the cause of republicanism, 

1896.] Letters of Elbridge Gerry, 27 

altho' the office was manifestly at variance with the greatest of all blessings, 
domestic happiness. 

The principles which you have adopted, cannot fail, as I conceive, to 
render your administration successful. Official Gifts & bereavements, 
always have had, & always will have their effects; but it is not probable 
that the public will be so lost to its own interest, as to oppose its own gov- 
ernment, for having removed from office, such as it conceived had malcon- 
ducted, or for not appointing every expectant, it may nevertheless be 
expedient, to be guarded at all points ; because great injury may result from 
the want of caution, none from the adoption of it. 

Your inaugural speech, was in my mind, the best I have ever met with, 
no reasonable mind, however, could have supposed that you was pledged 
by it, to a disgraceful inattention to demerit; & yet by the friends of order, 
you are not allowed to judge of this, although obliged to do it, by the obli- 
gations of law, of an oath, & of honor, does this manifest a love of order, 
or of disorganization. 

The change of political principles amongst the people, has principally 
arisen from the engrossment of the press, porcupine urged this very 
justly, as a sure mean of governing the public opinion : & his patrons ren- 
dered thereby, the term republicanism, for awhile, odious & disgraceful, 
but the Whigs, in nearly all the states, have rallied under republican 
presses, which, are continually multiplying, & must eradicate feudalism. 

I propose soon to accompany Mrs. Gerry, & my eldest daughter to New 
York, & to write you from thence, they present their best respects to you, 
& be assured my dear Sir, that I remain with the most sincere & respectful 
attachment, your constant friend. 

Gerry to Jefferson. 
My dear Sir Cambridge 4th May, 1801 

By my friend Mr. Lee, I have an opportunity of writing more 
freely, than by the post. 

The folly of the mal-contents, in expecting by their siren arts to induce 
you to exchange the impregnable barriers of virtue & patriotism, for the 
defenceless trenches of intrigue & corruption, can only be equalled by their 
desperation & madness, relinquishing your friends, to depend on your 
enemies, you must have added to the list of those political martyrs, who 
becoming the victims of their own credulity, have, from the highest eleva- 
tion, been hurled by their betrayers to the deepest pit of ignominy & oblivion, 
rely on it, you have nothing to hope from your opponents : in this quarter 
they have had a meeting & determined to oppose " the present order of 
things with their lives & fortunes ; " this is unquestionable : & we accord- 
ingly see their slanderous batteries, in New York Boston, Philadelphia, are 
opened against yourself, republican leaders, republican states, & republicans 
in general ; by printers so utterly devoted to their corrupt service, as not 
to admit in their gazettes, an answer to the most infamous & groundless 
calumnies, indeed, before your election, I was informed from undoubted, 
from high authority, that such an event '• would put the constitution to 
the test." it is therefore incumbent on you, Sir, as expeditiously as cir- 
cumstances will permit, to clear the augean stable of its obnoxious occu- 
pants ; for so intimately connected are they, as in a common cause, to 
consider an attack on one, an attack on the whole, these observations I 
mean only to extend to the inveterate enemies & persecutors of republican- 
ism & republicans; for whilst I hold in veneration an honest antirepublican 7 

28 Letters of Elbridge Gerry. [Jan. 

& detestation a dishonest republican, yet, there is no apology in my mind, 
for a man, who, holding an office under a republican constitution, & bound 
by his oath & honor to support it, is aiming nevertheless, by the prostitution 
of his office, & the basest perfidy, to annul & subvert it. I think your 
attention ought not to be confined to the securing political agents, in whom 
you can place implicit confidence, in every important office ; but that it 
should extend to the security of fortresses, magazines & arsenals, by placing 
them under the protection of faithful officers & corps, & preventing by 
proper defences their seizure or destruction, this precaution seems neces- 
sary, even if the country was Rot infested by a desperate faction ; for we 
have foreign enemies, who are incessant in their endeavours to destroy us. 
& so far as pickets & trenches are adequate, the expense will be trifling, as 
the labour may be performed by the military corps, indeed, from the ter- 
mination of the revolutionary war to this day, I have tho't that our military 
stores have been in too defenceless a state; such as is unparalleled in any 
other country, the loss of them, may be fatal, & therefore the risk of them, 
should, as I conceive, be prevented as much as possible, it may be neces- 
sary to observe precautions in conducting this matter, if deemed eligible ; 
in order to defeat the arts which will be used to prevent it. 

Too much attention cannot be paid in all the states to the organizing, 
arming & discipling the militia, the more extensive the plan, the better it 
will be. had the plan succeeded of a pampered federal militia, it would 
have destroyed the military spirit which ought to, & in some of the states 
does pervade all ranks of the people; & under an arbitrary federal Govern- 
ment would have subjected them to a small & contemptible corps of mili- 
tary fools, as to the necessity or great advantage of having a small pro- 
portion of our numerous militia, in compleat order, to the neglect & dispar- 
agement of the rest, to have provisional armies, or establish troops under 
any denomination for the defence of the country, the pretext has been 
proved by experience to be ridiculous : for if such establishments were not 
nurseries of vice, immorality & effeminacy, if after the troops have been 
embodied, clothed, fed, paid & disciplined twelve months, they would not 
be inferior to an equal number of our hardy yeomanry, taken from the field 
& disciplined a few weeks ; still have we not seen lately a history of such 
military feats as were never before recorded, performed by conscripts, 
forced into the service, & after a few weeks discipline opposed to the best 
veteran troops in the world ? your influence with the republican senators 
& representatives, may be extended to the states, & be productive of very 
salutary effect in this particular. 

You are extremely fortunate in your choice of your principal officers; 
they are men whose counsel you can rely on, & whose wisdom, application, 
& firmness render them formidable to our common enemies. Mr. [Albert] 
Gallatin & General [Henry] Dearborn will it is hoped, find "clews" to 
unfold the misteries of office burning, twenty-five years, eight of which 
were occupied in a virulent revolution any war had revolved & the public 
papers were preserved, without the wise precaution of fire proof offices: 
but at the critical period of the change of an all wise, pious, patriotic, pure, 
& federal government, for that of an impious, philosophical, weak, selfish, 
& republican administration, two such offices or rather, their most import- 
ant papers Lave been accidentally burnt, without the imputation of blame 
to any one. this is a curious termination to the history of federalism. I 
have still too good an opinion of your predecessor, to suppose that he was 
in the secret; but republicans must have an uncommon gulp, to swallow 
this as a contingency. 

1896.] Letters of Elbridge Gerry. 29 

No one conceived that you would confirm the appointments made at the 
close of Mr. Adams' administration, except such as were perfectly agreeable 
to you. & it is generally expected, that amongst the first acts of the next 
Congress, will be a repeal of the extraordinary judiciary bill : the design of 
which was too palpable to elude common observation, in short, my dear 
Sir, unless the talents & opportunity which you have are wisely improved 
to establish republicanism on a solid basis, a parricidal end will be its fate, 
at least this is my apprehension. 

Mr. Adams' conduct at your inauguration has wounded his real, & been 
severely censured by his pretended friends, excuse me from any remarks 
on the subject : your silence shews you do not expect them. I must how- 
ever acknowledge, that his conduct whilst in France, & since my return, 
towards myself, has by no means been satisfactory. 

The last act of feudal desperation, is an attempt to sever the New Eng- 
land from the other states, this is as weak, as it is wicked, their own 
party, notwithstanding " the segis of government & the temples of religion 
& justice " may all be " prostituted " to the purpose, would revolt at the 
measure. The federal constitution as amended, altho' not perfect, is under 
a republican administration, & in co-operation with the state systems, an 
excellent one, & shall ever have my support, the parts which require 
amendment, I hope will meet the propositions of the next Congress for this 

The multiplying republican presses, is a measure of the utmost import- 
ance : I hope it will be attended to in the N. England states. 

Thus have I expressed in haste, & without reserve, my ideas of the im- 
portant political objects, which ought to be attained by republicans, if the 
suggestions are not well founded, the only loss will be of your time in read- 
ing them ; my time is at my own disposal, but if the hints are just, it will be 
necessary to regard, in carrying them into effect, the important object which 
you mention, " harmony & social love among the citizens," the suaviter in 
modo, & the fortiter in re. 

The object of Mr. Lee is to ascertain whether he is to expect a confirma- 
tion of his appointment; he is an honest republican, & worthy man, & I 
sincerely wish him success. 

This letter supercedes the necessity of writing as I had proposed from 
N. York, & I have only to assure you, my dear Sir, of my sincere & most 
respectful attachment. 

Gerry to Jefferson. 

-p. c . Cambridge 27th October, 1803. 

Dear Sir & ' 

The message, which you did me the honor to transmit, I have 
read with great pleasure, it exhibits to my mind, respectful, friendly, firm, 
& vigilant conduct towards foreign powers — acquisitions of territory by 
purchase & cession, inestimable; as they respect the wealth, security, & 
happiness of our western sister states, the fiscal resources of the nation, & 
the excision of a fertile source of foreign & domestic war & discord — great 
wisdom & ceconomy in the management of our finances — pleasing prospects 
of the extinguishment of the national debt — easy, judicious, & unexpected 
arrangements, for paying, without additional taxes, the Louisiana purchase 
— just, generous, & politic propositions, for attaching to us the inhabitants 
of that territory — effectual measures for preventing foreign territorial dis- 
putes — & in general, pacific, salutary & profound principles of policy, for 
the promotion of national peace, power, & prosperity. 

30 Radcliffe Pedigree. [Jan. 

This is, in a disinterested view of the subject, a just tribute ; free from 
those servile practices, which are equally disgraceful to the addressor & 

Three of the eastern states are still antirepublican. they had great merit 
in establishing their independance but owe the preservation of it to the 
southern states. 

Pursue Sir your just system of politics, it must be sanctioned by the 
Sovereign of the Universe & infallibly raise the U. S. to the acme of national 
wealth, security & honor, this is my candid opinion & with few excep- 
tions, I believe the opinion of the impartial part of the community. 

Congress I hope will make effectual provision for preventing those elect- 
ive contentions, which had nearly involved us in a civil conflict. I have 
the honor to remain, dear Sir, with unfeigned esteem & respect yours sin- 

Gerry to Jefferson. 
-p. q. Cambridge 15th March 1804 

I am this day honored by your letter of the 3rd, & " as the un- 
bounded calumnies of the federal party have obliged you to throw yourself 
on the verdict of your country, for trial," the United States are under 
infinite obligations to them, for this their conduct; as it will secure to the 
republican cause, the only candidate, in whom the public could cordially 
unite ; & in regard to yourself, will have an effect the reverse of what they 
intended; by adding to the high lustre of your character. — your services 
therefore, as they have been, must continue to be all important to your 
country ; & the with-holding them at this time, might have proved its ruin. 

Our cases are widely different. You will march, Sir, in triumph to pub- 
lic life, for your ease ; I must be active in it, for the benefit of a numerous 
& charming young family. 

The elevation to which you have raised your country, & which is almost 
inconceivable will, I sincerely hope, flash conviction in the faces of your 
political adversaries, & oblige them to acknowledge their errors. 

Accept, dear Sir, my unfeigned -.ttachment & wishes for" your happiness, 
& my highest esteem & respect. 


The following pedigree of Radcliffe is interesting as showing the 
ancestry of Lady Mowlson, who was Anne, daughter of Anthony 
Radcliffe, an Alderman of London. It is taken from "Pedigrees 
of Hertfordshire Families. Collected by William Berry." Litho- 
graphed (not printed), London (no date), pp. 109-110. 

The first and third volumes of the Publications of The Colonial 
Society of Massachusetts contain much interesting matter concern- 
ing Lady Mowlson's family and her gift to Harvard College ; and a 
paper by Mr. Andrew McFarland Davis on Lady Mowlson's hus- 
band, Sir Thomas Mowlson, accompanied by a view of the Chapel 
built by him at Hargrave in Cheshire. Henry H. Edes. 


Radcliffe Pedigree, 

Henry Radcliffe. 


John Radcliffe. 

Robert Radcliffe 

had issue Adam 

slain at Odam 

Richard Radcliffe of 

Adam Radcliffe. 

Radcliffe of the Tower 

William Radcliffe 

of Radcliffe. 

Radcliffe of Smethells 

Robert Radcliffe of 

Smethells married to 

Margaret Lady Booth. 

Radcliffe of Wordsall 

Sir John Radcliffe of 

Wordsall marr: Joane 

daur of Sir Rob. Holland. 

Ob. 23 Hen. III. 

Sir Richard Radcliffe marr : Maude daur 
of Richard Leigh of Booth's. Ob. 4 Rich. II. 

Sir John Radcliffe of Wordsall married 

Margaret daur of Trafford. 

Ob. 9 Hen. V. 


Sir John Radcliffe of Wordsall married 

Clemence daur of Hugh Standish of Duxbery. 

Ob. 20 Hen. VI. 

Alexander Radcliffe married 

Agnes daur of William Harrington 

of Hornby. Ob. 15 Edw. IV. 


z. — I 

Richard Radcliffe 
of Mulgrave. 

William Radcliffe of 

Wordsall married 

Jane daur of Sir 

Edward Trafford. 


Robert Radcliffe 

marr: Eliz. daur of 

Richard Radcliffe 

of Chatterton 

Alexander Radcliffe 

marr: to Ann daur of 


Anne marr: 

1 st Sir James 

Harrington of 

Molfidge 2 a 'y 

Tho. Talbott. 

Hugh Radcliffe married 

Margaret daur of William 


John Radcliffe of Bishops 

Stratford, marr: daur 

of Strangwishe of 



John Radcliffe 


Joan daur 

of Richard Barnard. 


Anthony Radcliffe 
an alderman of 
London married 

Eliz. dau r of Henry 


marr. James 





Wm. Gerard 

of Gray's Inn. 




md. Frances 

daur of Wm. 

Gerard of 

Harrow on 

the Hill. 

32 Barnstable Gorhams. [Jan. 



By Frank W. Sprague, Esq., of Cambridge. 

In the eastern part of the town, on the north side of the road, 
and several houses west of the Yarmouth line, stands an old house, 
formerly owned by the Gorhams, now owned by Mr. Gilmore. 
Lt. Col. John Gorham, in his will dated 1716, says : " I give to 
Shubael the house in which he now lives, and the lands called Stony 
Cove lands." * Col. Shubael and his sons, Col. John and Lt. Col. 
Joseph Gorham, took part in the siege of Louisburg. f Among 
those who have lived in the old house were Col. David Gorham, 
brother of Col. John, and Dr. John Davis ; also his son, Job C. 
Davis, Esq., for many years Register of Deeds. % "It is," says 
Gustavus A. Hinckley Esq., " one of the most interesting relics of 
old times, that vandalism, under cover of improvement, has per- 
mitted to remain, interesting from its family associations and the 
style of the domestic architecture and interior finish." It is the 
oldest of four houses now standing which were built by the Gor- 
hams in early times, all of them upon the farm once owned by Capt. 
John Gorham, who settled in Barnstable in 1652. 

The Gorhams took a very important part in the Colonial wars. 
In volume 67, Massachusetts Archives, there is a letter § from 
Capt. John Gorham, written to Governor Winslow, in 1675. 
Capt. Gorham's son John was in his company of soldiers during 
the war with king Philip and his tribe. In volume 30, page 500, 
Massachusetts Archives, may be found the following letter : 

" Barnstable, April Ye, 8, 1697. 

" To Major Walley, Commissioner for war, these may certify that to my 
certain knowledge, one John Manassos, an Indian servant to Mr. Tho. 
Smith of Eastham, went out Eastward ye last Expedition with Major 
Church, and served under Capt. Jothro, an Indian until now returned to 
Boston again. 

J°n. Gorham. || 

Lieut. Governor Stoughton, in his instructions to Major Church, 
Aug. 12, 1696, says : " You are to advise as you can have occasion 
with Capt. John Gorham, who accompanies you in this expedition 
and is to take your command in case of your death." Lt. Col. 
John Gorham was second in command in the fourth and fifth expe- 
ditions against the French and Indians. His monument is near the 

* Barnstable Records and Otis's Barnstable Families. 

t Nova Scotia Archives. 

X Barnstable Records, Otis's Barnstable Families. 

§ I have given photographs of this letter to the N. E. H. G. Society and Mass. His. Society. 

|| Mass. Archives, vol. 30, page 500. This letter had not been indexed or published before. 
















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1896.] Barnstable Gorhams. 33 

Unitarian meeting house in Barnstable. June 1, 1744, a joint 
committee of war was called with William Pepperrell of Kittery, 
President of the Council, at its head, five hundred men were im- 
pressed, two hundred were dispatched to reinforce Annapolis, which 
was understood to be threatened by the Indians. 

Nov. 9, 1744, Governor Shirley reported to the Duke of Bedford 
that the French officer DuVivier had retreated from before Annapo- 
lis, upon Capt. Gorham's arrival with his company of Indian 
rangers from New England, and that Gorham had so used his 
command that the garrison was now entirely free from alarm.* 

In 1745 Capt. Gorham was sent from Annapolis to Boston to 
raise troops. While there he was induced to join the expedition 
then fitting out against Cape Breton. He was appointed Lt. Col. 
of the 7th Massachusetts regiment, commanded by his father, Col. 
Shubael Gorham, and on the death of his father at Louisburg was 
promoted by Pepperrell to be a full colonel. After the capture 
of Louisburg he returned to Annapolis and was placed by Governor 
Shirley in command of the Boston troops sent to Minas with Col. 
Noble. f In July, 1749, he was a member of the Governor's 
Council in Nova Scotia. His brother Joseph was a lieutenant of 
rangers under Governor Cornwallis in 1749, and later held the 
rank of Lieut. Colonel in the regular army. 

In 1749 Col. John Gorham was sent to England to explain the 
state of military affairs in the colonies. Governor Shirley, in a 
letter written to the Duke of Bedford, Oct. 13, 1749, says : 
" Capt. Gorham's activity and usefulness in his Majesty's service I 
cannot too much commend to your grace." Colonel Gorham and 
his wife, Elizabeth Allen, were presented at court. She was one 
of the most accomplished women of her day. 

The following letter copied from the Massachusetts Historical 
Society, is one of several written by him to Sir William Pepperrell : 

"In the Camp, May 7, 1745. 
" Hon. Sir: — I beg the party from the grand Battery may be as private 
as possible in getting their boats ready and cannot be willing to proceed 
without Shaw, to be my pilot. If he is not come by land should choose to 
send a boat for him immediately and also the city may have as warm a 
fire as we can give them in different places, until one o'clock or two and 
then a cessation until they hear us engaged. Hope to have all ready, pray 
send Shaw. 

" Sir, your most obedient, humble servant, 

" John Gorham." X 

Miss Louisa Low of Stamford, Connecticut, daughter of the late 
John Gorham Low of Gloucester, owns a portrait, painted by 

* This Col. John Gorham was son of Shubael and grandson of Lt. Col. John, 
of Church's expeditions, 1696. 
f See Year Book for 1895. Society of Colonial Wars. 
% Dr. Samuel Abbott Green gave me permission to copy and to publish this letter. 

VOL. L. 4 

34 Family of Abraham Perkins. [Jan. 

Copley in 1762,* of Elizabeth Gorham Rogers, daughter of Col. 
John Gorham and his wife Elizabeth Allan. The subject of this 
portrait was born in 1739 in the old Gorham house, still standing 
in Barnstable. This portrait was on exhibition in the " Loan Col- 
lection " at Copley Hall. 

In Minister Chandler's diary of the First Church in Gloucester, 
(Babson r s History), are the following notes : 

"Jan. 20, 1754, I drauk tea at Capt. John Stevens, his new wife came 
on Tuesday, she was the widow of Col. John Gorham of Barnstable." 

Minister Chandler also says : 

" The widow of Col. John Gorham brought with her to Gloucester, 
besides three beautiful daughters, one son, Solomon Gorham." " Nov. 6, 
1759, I visited Eastern point, further end; married Daniel Rogers and 
Elizabeth Gorham." f 

The Gorhams were descended from four of the pilgrims on the 
Mayflower, namely : John Tilley and his wife, Bridget Van De 

John Howland and his wife Elizabeth Tilley. The first John 
Gorham married Desire Howland, one of the first born in Plymouth. 

I have some encouragement that the " Old Gorham House " in 
Barnstable will be marked by the "Old Colony Commission." 

ggl 35 * This article has been gleaned from Massachusetts Historical Society,- 
Nova Scotia Archives, Palfrey's History of New England, Otis's Barnstable Families, 
Gustavus A. Hinckley, Esq., of Barnstable, Major Nelson Gorham, of Fulton, New 
York, Babson's History of Gloucester, Minister Chandler's Diary, 1754 and 1759, 
Gorham Rogers, Esq., of Boston. 




By Hon. Joseph W. Porter, of Bangor, Maine. 

Abraham Perkins was one of the first settlers in Hampton, N. H. 
He was made a Freeman May 13, 1640. He was a man of good educa- 
tion, an excellent penman, and much employed in town business. He died 
August 31, 1683, aged about 72. His widow, Mary, died May 29, 1706, 
aged 88. His will of August 22, 1683, was proved September 18, 1683. 
In it he names wife and sons Jonathan, Humphrey, James, Luke and 
David ; to the last two he gave five shillings each, " as they have already 
their share," daughters Abigail and Sarah ; granddaughter Mary Fifield "now 
dwelling with me," and grandson John (probably son of Luke 3 ). Children, 
perhaps not in order: 

* The portrait hung in one house in Gloucester for 90 years. Gorham Rogers, Esq. 
of Boston, gave to me valuable assistance in looking up the history of this portrait, 
f Minister Chandler's Diary. 

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1896.] Family of Abraham Perkins, 35 

i. Mary, 2 b. Sept. 2, 1639 ; m. Giles Fifield, of Charlestown, 7 June, 
1652. He probably lived in Hampton for several years and then 
returned to Charlestown. He m. 2d, Judith, widow of Samuel 
Convers, and daughter of Rev. Thomas Carter of Woburn, May 
2, 1672; b. Oct. 14, 1660; d. 1676. Children, all bap. at Charles- 
town, June 19, 1670, except the first Richard : 

1. Mary 3 Fifield, b. in Hampton, Nov. 28, 1659. 

2. Abraham Fifield, d. in Woburn, Sept. 11, 1711, aged 57. 

3. Giles Fifield Jr. He lived in Boston. Died and was buried 

Feb. 19, 1695. His widow Eliza d. June 16, 1743, aged 84* 

4. Bichard Fifield, b. in Charlestown, Dec. 20, 1663. Died soon. 

5. Bichard Fifield, b. in Charlestown, Nov. 6, 1665, of Boston. 

Judge Sewall in his Diary under elate of August 6, 1688, says : 
" Giles Fifield and wife Eliza at the wedding in our chamber 
of Richard Fifield and Mary Thurston." Their only daughter 
Mary Fifield was b. May 7-8, 1694, and m. Samuel Adams of 
Boston, April 21, 1713; their son Samuel Adams Jr. was b. 
Sept. 22, 1722. Patriot and Governor. 

6. John Fifield. 

7. Mary Fifield. 

8. Deborah Fifield, by second wife, b. July 6, 1673, m. John Jack- 

son of Cambridge. 

9. Thomas Fifield, by second wife, b. Jan. 9, 1676. 

ii. Abraham, b. Sept. 2, 1639 ; of Hampton, N. H. 

2. iii. Luke, b. 1640-1 ; of Charlestown. 

iv. Humphrey, b. Jan. 22, 1642 ; d. young. 

v. James, b. April 11, 1644; d. young. 

vi. Timothy, b. Oct. 5, 1646; d. young. 

vii. James, b. Oct. 5, 1647 ; of Hampton, N. H. 

viii. Jonathan, b. May 30, 1650(?) ; of Hampton, N. H. 

3. ix. David, b. Feb. 28, 1653; of Bridgewater. 

x. Abigail, b. April 2, 1655; m. John Folsom, of Exeter, N. H., 

xi. Timothy, b. July 26, 1657; d. in a few months, 
xii. Sarah, b. July 26, 1659. Living in 1683. 
xiii. Humphrey, b. May 17, 1661 ; of Hampton, N. H. 

2. Luke 2 Perkins {Abraham 1 ) of Charlestown, born about 1641. An 
Indenture dated 4 th mo. 3 d day 1654, says that Luke Perkins, 
aged about " fortene" with the consent of his parents puts himself 
apprentice to Samuel Carter, shoemaker, both of Charlestown. 
John Green the elder, Giles Fifield and Thomas Jones signed the 
papers. He married Hannah, widow of Henry Cookery, and daugh- 
ter of Robert Long, senior, March 9, 1663. She was admitted to 
to the First Church March 29, 1668. He died March 20, 1709- 
10. The son, Luke Perkins of Ipswich, was appointed adminis- 
trator of estate March 12, 1712-13. Inventory: House £62, 
personal property £17. In the account of administration, widow 
Hannah was named, also son Luke, grandchild Elisabeth daughter 
of Jeremiah Wright, and Sarah daughter of William Emery. 
The widow died November 16, 1715, and the "same year Luke 3 
Perkins, of Plympton, as administrator of the estates of his father 
and mother sold the old homestead in Charlestown. Children : 

i. Henry, 3 b. 13 th ll mo 166-. 

ii. John, b. May 10, 1664; cl. April 16, 1667. 

iii. Luke, b. March 14, 1665; cl. young. 

iv. Luke, b. March 18, 1667; of Ipswich and Plympton. 

* Copp's Hill Epitaphs. 

36 Family of Abraham Perkins, [Jan. 

v. Elisabeth, b. April 15, 1670; m. Nicholas Lobdell, of Charles- 
town, Aug. 18, 1G87. He d. 1698. Children: 

1. Nicholas, b. April 16, 1688; d. 1689. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 4, 1689 ; m. Jeremiah "Wright, of Boston. 

vi. John, b. April 15, 1670. 

vii. Abraham, bap. 28 th 5 mo 1672. 

viii. Hannah, b. Dec. 9, 1673; m. Richard Way, of Charlestowu. 

Their dau. Sarah 4 m. William Emery. 
x. Mary, b. April 5, 1676. 

3. David 2 Perkins (Abraham 1 ), was born in Hampton, N. H., Febru- 
ary 28, 1653. He married Elisabeth, daughter of Francis Brown 
of Beverly, 1675-6. She was born October 17, 1654. He set- 
tled in Beverly about 1675. His wife was admitted to the Church 
there 29 th 5 mo 1683. Judge Mitchell, in his history of Bridge- 
water, gives him, his son David Jr.'s wife and children, and the 
whole account is badly mixed. He was a blacksmith. He bought 
lands in Beverly in 1677 and 1680, one parcel of which was an 
orchard, bought of John Sampson, bounded on land of Mr. Hale, 
and " Cow Lane," south and west by land formerly Richard Haines, 
being eight rods below the " Great Rock." He was a juryman at 
Salem, 1688, and had sold the most of his lands in Beverly prior 
to that time. He moved to Bridgewater (South) in 1688, and 
bought lands of the sons of Solomon Leonard. In 1694 he built 
the mill in Bridgewater (South). This mill was situated where 
Lazell, Perkins & Company's mill was in 1840. He was a man 
of great influence and high character, and in his time the most 
noted man of the town. He was the first Representative from 
Bridgewater to the General Court of Massachusetts, after the 
union of the two Colonies, 1692, 1694, and from 1704 to 1707 
inclusive. His wife Elisabeth was dismissed from the church in 
Beverly to Bridgewater church. 22 d , 4 m 1690. She died July 14, 
1735, aged 80 (g. s.). He died October 1, 1736, aged 83 (g. s.). 
In his will of June 17, 1736, he names sons David, 3 Abraham, 3 
Thomas 8 sole executor, and Nathan 3 deceased ; grandsons David 4 
and Jonathan, 4 Nathan, 4 Timothy, 4 James 4 and Solomon, 4 and 
granddaughters Martha 4 and Silence. 4 Children: 

i. Mary, 3 b. in Beverly. 

ii. David, b. in Beverly. Judge Mitchell in his history of Bridge- 
water does not give David 2 any son David 3 and gives the father, 
the son's wife and children. David 3 Perkins Jr. m. Martha, 
dau. of John and Sarah Howard, Feb. 1, 1699. He probably 
died 1737. In the settlement of his estate mention is made 
of his right in his father's estate and to the last clause of his 
father's will. Children. 

1. John 4 b. Sept. 21, 1700. 

2. Mary, b. Dec. 10, 1702; m. Gideon Washburn. 

3. Martha, b. Nov. 30, 1704; m. 1st, Dr. Joseph Byram, 1724, and 

2d, Matthew Gannett, 1750. She d. 1779. 

4. Elisabeth, b. March 29, 1707. 

5. Susannah, b. Feb. 22, 1709; m. Samuel Allen, Aug. 5, 1733. 

6. David, b. Aug. 12, 1711; m. Alice Leach, 1738. 

7. Jonathan, b. March 16, 1714; m. 1st, Bethiah Hayward, Feb. 2, 

L788, and 2d, Priscilla Bourne. 

8. Abraham, b. July 16, 1716; m. Sarah Carver, 1743. 

9. Sarah, (?) Mitchell says. in. .Jabcz Carver, 1742, but Joshua E. 

Crane doubts if she was the dau. of David 3 . 

1896.] Family of Abraham Perkins. 37 

iii. Nathan, bap. in Beverly, Sept. 13, 1685, of Bridgewater, m. 
Martha, probably dan. of Solomon Leonard, Nov. 9, 1710. He 
d. in 1723. (She m. 2d, Isaac Hayward, 1725). Children : 

1. Nathan, b. Aug. 24, 1710; m. widow Sarah Pratt, of Solomon, 

April 2, 1752. Six children. 

2. Solomon, b. June 30, 1712, m. Lydia, dau. of Jonathan Sprague, 

Dec. 31, 1753. He d. 1742-3. I find five children. 

3. Timothy, b. Jan. 16, 1715; m. Susannah Washburn, March 18, 


4. Martha, b. Dec. 10, 1717; m. Samuel Edson Jr. Sept. 26, 1738. 

He d. Feb. 25, 1801, aged 87. She d. April 15, 1803, aged 86. 
Ten children. 

5. James, b. March 5, 1720; m. Bethiah Dunham, May 5, 1742. 

He d. April 11, 1795. 

6. Silence, b. 1723. Living in 1736. 

iv. Abraham, bap. in Beverly, 13 th ll mo 1683-4. He settled in South 
Kingston, R. I. Blacksmith. He m. 1st, Tabitha, dau. of 
Nathaniel Niles and sister of Rev. Samuel Niles, May 23, 1708. 
She d. Dec. 28, 1717. He was m. 2d, to Margaret Cross, June 
29, 1718, by Rowse Helm, Justice. He sold negro Rose to 
Capt. Nathaniel Niles, July 19, 1718. He was much employed 
in town business. He d. 1746. Four children. 
v. Thomas, b. in Bridgewater, May 8, 1688. Lived on the old home- 
stead. He m. Mary, dau. of James and Mary (Bowden) Wash- 
burn, Feb. 20, 1717. She was b. 1694, and d. April 23, 1750. 
He d. June 5, 1761, aged 74 (g.s.). Children : 

1. Mary, 4 b. Jan. 10, 1718, m. Joseph Hayward, 1742. 

2. Hepsibah, 4 b. Feb. 15, 1720; m. 1st, Eleazer Carver Jr., April 3, 

1746. He d. May 15, 1755. She m. 2d, Ebenezer Keith, Nov. 
6, 1759 ; his second wife. He died of small pox April 12, 
1778, aged 62 (g.s.). She d. April 12, 1810, aged 81 (g.s.). 
Several children : 

3. Thomas, 4 b. June 25, 1722; m. Mary, dau. of Solomon Pratt, 

April 5, 1748. He d. Sept. 29, 1773. She cl. 1778. Eight 

4. Charles, 4 b. Jan. 11, 1724; d. Oct. 1, 1726. 

5. Ebenezer, 4 b. April 20, 1727 ; m. Experience Holmes, Feb. 28, 

1751. He d. May 31, 1770, aged 45 (g.s.) Trinity Church. 
Six children. 

6. Francis, 4 b. Sept. 28, 1729 ; m. 1st, Susannah, dau. of Dea. 

Robert Waterman of Halifax, published Nov. 27, 1762. She 
was b. Feb. 6, 1742; d. July 21, 1771. He m. 2d, Philli- 
bert, dau. of Ephraim Keith, March 2, 1775. He d. March 20, 
1783, aged 54 (g.s.). The widow d. Sept. 29, 1814 (g.s.) 
Trinity Church. I find eight children. 

4. Luke 3 Perkins (Luke, 2 Abraham 1 ) born March 18, 1667. Black- 
smith. He married Martha, daughter of Lot and Elisabeth 
(Walton*) Conant, May 31, 1688; marriage recorded in Salem 
and Topsfield. He was famous for his records. He lived in 
Marblehead, Beverly, Wenham, Ipswich (1704), and Plympton, 
and in all these places recorded on the town records his marriage 
and the dates of birth of his children ! His wife was born in 
Beverly, Aug. 15, 1664. She "took hold of God' 3 Covenant 
there for herself, and her children 30 th day, 6 th » 10 1691." Nov- 
ember 24, 1704, Luke and Martha (Conant) Perkins, formerly 
of Beverly, now of Ipswich, sold John Filmore a house and barn 
and about two acres of land on the road from Wenham to Bev. 
erly near Wenham Pond in Beverly, which was formerly Lot 

* Daughter of Rev. William Walton of Marblehead. 
VOLi L. 4* 

38 Family of Abraham Perkins, [Jan, 

Conant's. The family went to Plympton about November, 1714. 
William Churchill, Samuel Bradford and Isaac Cushman deeded 
a lot of land of eighteen acres at Rocky Run. It is said that 
this was given him as inducement to settle in Plympton as a 
blacksmith. His uncle David 3 Perkins,* of Bridgewater, in con- 
sideration for love and good will for his well beloved cousin 
(nephew), gave him all his lands in Abington, viz.: One third 
of the Solomon Leonard Purchase, and two thirds of the John 
Robbins Purchase. He died in Plympton, Dec. 27, 1748, aged 
82. His widow died Jan. 2, 1754, in her 90 th year. Children: 

5. i. John 4 , b. at Marblehead, April 5, 1689; of Plympton. 
ii. Martha, b. Sept. 19, 1691; d. young. 

iii. Hannah, b. March 12, 1693. 

6. iv. Luke, b. Sept. 17, 1695 ; of Plympton and . 

7. v. Mark, bap. in Beverly, April 30, 1699; of Bridgewater. 

5. John 4 Perkins (Luke, s Luke, 2 Abraham 1 ) born at Marblehead, 

April 5, 1689. Lived in Plympton. Married Mary or Mercy 
Jackson there, April 18, 1721. He died 1728. In 1729 an 
allowance out of his estate was made to widow Mary and four 
children, viz : John,* Mercy, 5 Eleazer, 5 Elisabeth. 5 

i. John.* 
ii. Mercy. 
iii. Eleazer. 
iv. Elisabeth. 

6. Luke 4 Perkins (Luke, 3 Luke, 2 Abraham 1 ) b. Sept. 17, 1695. He 

married Ruth, daughter of Robert Cushman of Kingston, Jan. 
28, 1716-17. She was born March 25, 1700. The Cushman 
Genealogy, page 131, says his father lived in Kingston and 
that the family went to Bridgewater ; but query ? I find a man 
of this name in Wrentham in 1755. Luke Perkins of Wren- 
tham, blacksmith, mortgaged to Thomas Arnold of Smithfield, 
R. I., May 27, 1755, foi £14, 11 s , a tract of land in Wrentham, 
bounded on land of Doctor John Druce, westerly and southerly 
by land of Capt. Jona. Whiting, easterly by a way leading to the 
Grist Mill northwards. Also a blacksmith shop and tools. I 
have made search for more of this man, but without avail. Chil- 
dren, according to Plympton Records : 

i. Ignatius,* b. July 15, 1720. Lived in Wrentham and Freetown. 
ii. Hannah, b. May 2, 1723; m. Capt. Nathaniel Shaw, of Carver, 
May 10, 1739. Shed. May 2, 1802. He d. Aug. 25, 1800, aged 83. 
iii. Mary, b. June 28, 1726. 

7. Mark 4 Perkins (Luke, 3 Luke, 2 Abraham 1 ) baptized in Beverly, 

April 30, 1699. Blacksmith. He married Dorothy, daughter of 
Matthew Whipple Jr., of Ipswich (published as both of Ipswich), 
June 4, 1721. He owned the Covenant at the Third Church of Ips- 
wich (Hamilton), Feb. 25, 1722. She was admitted to Wenham 
Church, Dec. 13, 1730; dismissed to the church in Ipswich, Jan. 2, 
1732, and admitted to the church in Bridgewater (North) 1741. He 
probably moved to Bridgewater (North) about 1740-41. His 
house was a short distance northeasterly from the depot in Brock- 
ton and was standing within the memory of the writer. He died 

* Plymouth Records, Vol. ii., page 193. 

1896.] Family of Abraham Perkins. 39 

Dec. 20, 1756. Widow m. 2d, Solomon Packard of Bridge- 
water, Oct. 5, 1760. She died May 1, 1782. The children of 
Mark and Dorothy Perkins were: 

i. Dorothy, 5 b. Feb. 4, 1722 ; bap. in Third Church, Ipswich, Feb. 
21, 1722. She m. Jacob Packard, of Bridgewater, Nov. 24, 
1742. He d. Feb. 2, 1777, aged 57. She d. Oct. 27, 1801. 
ii. Matthew,* b. June 25, 1723. A gravestone in Plympton says : 

"Matthew, son of Mark and Dorothy Perkins, his wife, died 
Mar. 10, 1724, aged 8 m °s and 15 days," which shows that the 

family may have lived in Plympton for a time, 
iii. Sarah, 6 b. Ipswich June 25, 1725; m. Ebenezer Packard Feb. 

25, 1746. 
iv. Josiah, s b. Jan. 4, 1727; m. Abigail Edson, Aug. 17, 1755. 
v. Jonathan,* b. Jan. 5, 1729; m. Abigail Packard, 1752. 
vi. Isaac, 6 b. April 27, 1731. 
vii. Martha, 6 b. Dec. 30, 1733 ; m. 1st, Nathan Packard, 1763 ; m. 

2d, Thomas Packard, Jan. 18, 1779-80. 
viii. Ebenezer, 6 b. May 7, 1736; d. Nov. 9. 
Ix. Joanna, 6 b. Feb. 7, 1738 ; m. Levi Keith Nov. 8, 1759. 
x. Mary, 6 b. Feb. 16, 1739 ; m. Simeon Packard 1761. 
xi. Jesse, 6 b. Dec. 6, 1742. Soldier in French War and the Revo- 

lutionary War. Married 1st, Susannah Field, June 5, 1769; 

she d. June 30, 1789. Married 2d, Bliss Phinney, Nov. 12, 

1789; she d. March 8, 1808. Married 3d, Sally Silvester, 

Aug. 17, 1808. He d. Jan. 27, 1826, aged 84. 

Ensign Luke 6 Perkins. 

Judge Mitchell, in his History of Bridgewater, says that he came 
from Ipswich to North Bridgewater and was a nephew of Mark 4 ; 
if so, he must have been a son of Luke 4 or John 4 of Plympton, 
who were all the brothers Mark 4 had. He worked on the new 
meeting house in North Bridgewater in 1749. He bought a pew 
in the Front Gallery, Jan. 4, 1762, for £26, 13 s , 4 fl . He was a 
blacksmith, and a man of great ingenuity. The History of 
North Bridgewater says that James and Luke Perkins manu- 
factured muskets, small anchors, scythes, shovels and plow points. 
He was a member of the Church and Parish. He was married 
to Rebecca, daughter of James Packard, Aug. 24, 1749, by Rev. 
John Porter. She was born July 1, 1732. He moved to East 
Stoughton near the North Bridgewater line in 1759. Mr. New- 
ton Talbot says, he bought lands in 1758 and 1759, and was taxed 
in Stoughton, 1759, for two polls but no personal estate. He 
was taxed as an " Ensign " in 1770. In April of 1776 he moved 
back into North Bridgewater. He died April 23, 1776, aged 51 
years (g. s.). His widow died in Maine, Nov. 14, 1796. His 
children, all baptized at North Bridgewater Church except the 
two oldest, and whose descendants are a multitude in Massachu- 
setts and Maine, were : 

i. Anna, 6 b. May 12, 1750 (Bridgewater Kecords). She m. 1st, 
Jonas Reynolds. He d. Aug. 5, 1795, aged 53. She m. 2d, 
Elijah Snell, 1798. Seven children, 
ii. Jemima, 6 b. April 10, 1753 (Brid. Records). She m. Joseph Rey- 
nolds, Sept. 17, 1772. Eleven children, 
iii. Mary, 6 b. Dec. 13, 1754 (Brid. Records) ; bap. in North Bridge- 
water Jan. 26, 1755; m. Capt. William French, of Stoughton, 
July 8, 1773. Six children I find. 
iv. James, 6 b. June 9, 1757 (Brid. Records) ; bap. Sept. 1, 1757. He 
m. Betsey, dau. of Josiah Packard Jr., Sept. 23, 1783. He 

40 Will of William Larrabee. [Jan. 

moved to Miuot, Me., about the time lie was married. He d. 
in 1844; his wife d. in 1839 at the age of 74. I find eleven 
children ; all but one had families. 

v. Kkziah, 6 b. June 25, 1759, in Stoughton; bap. in North Bridge- 
water, July 29, 1759; m. Matthew Packard, April 17, 1781. He 
was b. April 10, 175G; d. 1795? Four children, all of whom 
went to Maine. 

vi. Susannah, 6 b. April 17, 1761, in Stoughton; bap. May 24, 1761; 
m. Simeon Brett Jr., Dec. 25, 1777. He was b. Oct. 12, 1753. 
Three children. 

vii. Rebecca, 6 b. March 7, 1763; bap. March 20, 1763; m. 1st, Josiah 
Packard Oct. 10, 1782. She m. 2d, Charles Snell Jr., March 
26, 1807. Four Children. 

viii. Martha, 6 b. in Stoughton; bap. July 7, 1765; m. Gideon Lin- 
coln, Aug. 13, 1781. Twelve children, some of whom went 
to Maine. 

ix. Phebe, 6 b. in Stoughton; bap. Aug. 16, 1767; m. Asaph How- 
ard, Esq., 1789. He moved to Minot, Me. Ten children— five 
born in North Bridgewater, and five in Minot. 

x. Luke, 6 b. in Stoughton; bap. Sept. 1, 1771; m. Mary, dau. of 
Nathan Snell, Nov. 14, 1797. Luke Perkins and Isaac Porter 
owned a house together in 1798. Removed to Vfinthrop, Me., 
1804-5. Deacon of the Baptist Church, 1824-5. Probably d. 
there Sept. 7, 1841, at the age of 71. I find only one child. 

Note.— I am indebted to Geo. A. Perkins, M.D., of Salem, Mass., Hon. Newton Talbot 
of Boston, and Joshua E. Crane Esq., of Bridgewater. 


FEBRUARY 12, 1691-2, 


Copied from the original at East Cambridge, by William Blake Trask, A. M., of Dor- 
chester, Mass. 

I william Leraby* doe Inioy a comfortabl mesuer of health undarstand- 
ing And memory doe make and ordain my Last will and testement In order 
and form as foloweth first I commit my sole Into the marcyfull Hands 
of my greacious god and my body after death unto the earth To be decently 
buried : and for such Esteat as god hath giuen me I doe Thus dispose of It: 

* William Larrabee, as the name is usually written, was made freeman 22d March, 1689- 
90, in company with forty others, of his Maiden townsmen, whose names are given in the 
list furnished by our venerated friend and associate member, the Rev. Lucius R. Paige, 
D.D., of Cambridge. 

These Maiden freemen are entered in the first of three volumes in the Massachusetts 
Archives, at the State House, entitled, " Intercharter," arranged and thus named by the 
late Rev. Joseph B. Felt. 

Dr. Paige contributed to the Register— vol. hi., pages 90-96, 187-194, 239-246, 345-352 
— an entire list of freemen in the Massachusetts colony, as entered on the Records. If we 
have numbered them correctly, there are 3738 from the Colony Records, and 918 from the 
three " Intercharter" volumes; total, 4665, from the 18th of May, 1631, to 18th April, 1691, 
there being an interim of four years during the usurpation of Andros, when the practice of 
admitting freemen was discontinued, but resumed, "with some modifications," "after the 

1896.] Will of William Larrabee. 41 

1 First I will that all my Just debts and f unerall charges be discharged. 
Item I give unto my Louing Kinsmen and Kinswoman* as foloweth 

1 first to steuen Lareby I doe giue flue pounds mooueble Esteat 

2 Secondly to william Lareby I do giue flue pounds mooueble Esteat 

3 Thirdly to Isaac Lareby I doe giue flue pounds mooueble Esteat 

4 fourthly to Thomas Lareby I doe giue flue pounds moouebl Esteat 

5 fifthly to samuell Lareby I doe giue flue pounds moouebl Esteat 

6 sixthly to Beniamin Lareby I doe giue flue pounds moouebl Esteat 

7 seuenthly to Jane Lareby I doe giue flue pounds mouebl Esteat 

8 aightly to Janes daughter hanah I do giue fifty shilings moouebl 
esteat All and euery of Thes Legacys are to be truly and faithfuly payd 
by my executor nathaniell Nicholsf : after the diceas of my wiff Elizabeth 
and the Legitees shall haue their proportions yeerly begining with the 
Eldist to the last. 

In Cas my Louing Kinsman John Lareby Corns from beyond Sea Be- 
fore the abouesaid Legacys are payd then my Executor Is to pay Or what 
may be then to pay to him In time and manor abouesaid And the aboue- 
said Legates are to rest satisfied with his loue t Farther I doe settle all 
this my Esteat both lands and mouebls upon my true and trusty executor Na- 
thaniell Nicholes and to alow my wife a comfortable Liuing according to 
the produce of such an esteat And the aforsaid Elizabeth Is not to make 
any conuayenc of aney part of the afforsaid Estate but to seeke the benifit 
of the Esteat as shee is able and In case Elizabeth my wife sees It good to 
goe of from the Estate either by marrig or other wise then The aforesaid 
executor shall alow her forty shilings a year. 

And If their be Just causs for my wife to Hue a priuate Life by Leauing 
my hous and Land and Estate : Then I doe will and Riquier my Only execu- 

* It has heretofore been a question with others, as well as the writer of this note, as to 
the meaning of " kinsmen and kinswoman," in its application to William Larrabee of Mai- 
den. Light has been thrown on this subject, however, in the discovery of an old petition 
bearing date March 6, 1732-3, found by the late William M. Sargent, of Portland, the sub- 
stance of which is printed in the Register, vol. xxxviii., page 82, in which it is agreed by 
the Committee and Proprietors that Stephen, William, John, Thomas, Samuel, Isaac, Benja- 
min, Ephraim and Jean Ashfield, children of Stephen, of North Yarmouth, should have a 
ten-acre lot laid out and granted them," &c. ; but " John went to sea and dyed abrode and 
Ephraim was killed by the Indians at North Yarmouth and there was no lot laid out either 
for John or Ephraim." It seems quite plausible, therefore, to put this construction on the 
matter: that William and Stephen may have been brothers, and the " kinsmen and kins- 
woman" nephews and niece of William. See " Saco Valley Settlements and Families," 
page 789. Ephraim may have been killed previous to February 12, 1691-2. He is not 
mentioned in the will. The name of John occurs later in the instrument. It would seem 
that William Larrabee, of Maiden, was a soldier in King Philip's war, for Rev. Mr. Bodge, 
in his work entitled "Soldiers in King Philip's War," under date of June 24, 1676, finds 
among those " Credited under Capt. John Cutler," ''William Lareby, 00.09.04." Again 
the same year, " August 24, 1676, Maulden— Town Cr. By Sundrys accpts viz 49. 11. 03." 
" William Laraby, 00. 09. 04." See Register, voi. xlii., page 299; also, vol. xliii., p. 278. 

In a letter from Samuel Winthrop to John Winthrop, Jr., published in Massachusetts 
Historical Collections, fifth series, vol. viii., page 243, the former writes: "Honored 
Brother,— Yo™ I receiued 30th Decemb r , 1655, w<* mentions a former by Mr Laraby, & one 
by M r Jones, w<=*i neuer came to hand, nor euen heard of y e ship or Thorn. Harris." 

f Mr. Savage says that James Nichols, of Maiden, married, April, 1660, Mary, daughter 
of George Felt, and had, among other children, Nathaniel, born 1666. 

As William Larrabee, the testator, according to the same authority, married Elizabeth, 
perhaps daughter, also, of George Felt (in November, 1655,'see Register, vol. x., p. 162), 
it would seem that Nathaniel Nichols, the above-named executor, was a nephew to the 
wife of William Larrabee. 

X As this John Larrabee, according to the afore-mentioned petition, " went to See and 
dyed abrode," he is doubtless the one referred to in the " Genealogical Gleanings in Eng- 
land," by Mr. Waters, as printed in the Register, vol. xxxviii., p. 321. 

" John Larabee, of New England (evidently a mariner), appoints Elizabeth Crawford, 
of London, his attorney, &c, 30 April, 1694. Proved 19 June, 1694," two years and more 
after the making of the will of William Larrabee. 

42 Will of William Larrabee. [Jan. 

tor to let my wife Elizabath haue all her waring Cloaths wollen and linnen 
and my bed and furniture sutible And a return of the bed and furniture 
again at her deseas to my executor and further upon and during her Liu- 
ing a priuat Life my Executor shall pay or cause to be payd to my wiffe 
Elizabeth yearly and euery yeare fiue pounds pe r yeare: during her natu- 
rell single Life: This is to be payd In prouisions and cloathing such as Is 
produced upon the place at a price as Is betwixt man and man 

Item, my will Is that my executor payes all my legecys to my Louing 
Kinsmen before named not In money nor as money but In moueball goods 
Chattils as they shall bee prized by men mutually Chosen betwixt and by 
my executor and The Legateys and this beeing don : he and they to Rest 
satisfied Their on e and euery one giuing the executor a full discharg : And 
in case eney of the Legetes Rest not satisfied In this my will and testament 
that parson or parsons shall be depriued of eney benifet by this my will. 

Item: further my will Is that In case my Louing Kinsman : nathaniell 
nicholes dyes without Issue Lawfuly begotten of His body, Then my will 
Is that my louing Kinsman william Lereby shall succeed upon the Estat 
and stand Ingaged To pay all the fore mentioned Legecyes to the Legetes 
aforsaid And to answer and make good all the within obligation mentioned 
to my Louing wife Elizabeth In wittnes to this my will I haue heereunto 
set my hand and seall this twelueth of feburary one thousand six hundred 
and ninty one two : 

Further my will Is to request my louing naightbours John Green : and 
John Greenland to be the ouerseers of this my will: — further my will Is 
that Steuen leareby my Cursen Steuen Lerebys Eldest son shall haue my 
mare and colt 

Signed senr 

Signed sealed In William X Leareby 

the presents of 

Jacob Parker 

Isaac Green* October 24: 1692. Charlestowne 

John Greenland This Last Will & Testament of William 

Leraby Deced p r sented by y e Executo r for 


Jacob Parker Isaac Green John Greenland p r sonally appearing before 
James Russell Esq r Commissionated to be Judge of Probate of Wills and 
Granting Administration within y e County of Midd x Made oath that they 
were p r sonally p r sent and saw the Deced Subscriber William Lereby sen 1 " 
sign and seal and heard him own or Declare this to be his last Will and 
Testament and y* then When he So did he was of a disposing minde 
Exa d Ja: Russell 

p r Samll Phipps Reg r 

*The original will may have been in the hand-writing of Isaac Green. A capital letter 
is generally used at the beginning of each line. 

See Genealugy of the Larrabee Family (pages 787-873) in " Saco Valley Settlements and 
Families" (before referred to), by G. T. Ridlon, Sr., Portland, Me., 1895, published by the 
author; The Libby Family in 'America, page 41 (by Charles T. Libby). Mr. Libby says 
that William Larrabee, of Maiden, a verbatim copy of whose will is given in the present 
article, "married, Nov. 1655, in Maiden, Mass., Elizabeth, dau. of George and Eliza- 
beth (Wilkinson) Felt. George Felt was the most prominent of the early settlers of North 
Yarmouth, Me., and thither his son-in-law Larrabee removed. He bought land of an 
Indian named Warromby. It was probably during Philip's war that he returned to Mai- 
den, where he died." 

1896.] Inscribed Powder Horns. 43 

An Inuentary of y e estate of william Lerebe deseased The 28 of Septem- 
ber 1692 1 
Taken y e 4 of agust 1693 

In money 03 

one hous one barn 20 accrs of land 90 " " 

neat cattell 06 " " 

Twelue sheep 03 " " 

Two swine 01 " " 

one bed and furniture In y e lower rome 08 " " 
other beding and waring Cloaths 
And Iron ware : puter Chests y 
Cubberds : Chairs aud other mouebls 

tot 120 4 

William Green 
John Greenland 

Charlestowne : Augs* 7 th 1693. By y e Honourable James Russell Esq r 
Nathaniell Nickells Admitted P]xecuto r & allowed Admeon p r sonally ap- 
pearing made oath that this Containes a true Inuentory of y e Estate of 
William Lerreby late of Maiden deced as far as Comes to his Knowledge 
& when more appears he will Cause it to be added 

Sam 11 Phipps Reg r Jurat r Coram Ja : Russell 

Endorsed: William Lerebys Inventory 1693 Entered — p d 


By Hon. Samuel A. Green, M.D., of Boston. 

The Groton Historical Society has lately received two old pow- 
der-horns which have some interesting associations connected with 
soldiers of the town. One of them has been cut off at the bottom 
since it was originally made, and bears an inscription as follows : — 

HIS— HORN— 174 7 

The tradition in the family of the former owner is that the base 
of the horn was shot through by a bullet in one of the battles of the 
Revolution, after which the horn was somewhat shortened and again 
used for holding powder. Its appearance seems to confirm this 
account, as there are unmistakable traces of an injury on the edge 
of the base, which might have been made in that way. The horn 
is about thirteen inches long, and has upon it the rude drawings of 
two deer, and a part of a third one, of which the remainder was on 
the missing portion of the bottom. 

44 Inscribed Powder Horns. [Jan. 

The other horn is also about thirteen inches long, and has the 
following inscription : — 


and another hand has subsequently cut the name SAMUEL under 
that of JOSIAH. It has also the drawings of two deer, a moose ( ?) , 
a horse, a child, and a gun. 

On both these horns there is an attempt at some crude ornamen- 
tation around the names, resembling this : ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ . In 
both instances, probably, the carving was done with a jack-knife, 
and perhaps in camp when time hung heavy. 

Mr. John Gilson, of Groton, owns another powder-horn found 
many years ago in his grandfather's house, which bears the follow- 
ing inscription : — 

NO. 4: JVNE y e . 19. 1746. WE. HAD. A. 
FIGHT. JVNE y e . 24. WE. HAD. A. FIG 
HT. Att COLSPRING. &. AUGUST. y e . 
3. WE. HAD. A. FIGT. Att. No. 4 

The horn is about fifteen inches long, and near the smaller end 
are the initials "I H.," that stand probably for the name of some 
member of the Hobart or Hubbard family, which surnames were 
often used indiscriminately. The ornamentation around the writing 
and between the lines somewhat resembles this : — AAAAAAAAAAX 
"Number 4" is the old name of Charlestown, New Hampshire. In 
early times, before they received their present names, the four south- 
erly townships, lying on the east bank of the Connecticut River, 
immediately north of the Massachusetts line, were numbered in 
geographical order, and designated by their numbers alone. At the 
present day these towns are known as follows : Township No. 1, 
as Chesterfield; No. 2, as Westmoreland; No. 3, as Walpole ; 
and No. 4, as Charlestown. 

The Boston Daily Advertiser, March 10, 1893, on its fourth 

page has a column headed "Hither and Yon," in which the writer 

mentions four powder-horns for sale at that time in New York. 

He says : 'The third [horn] comes from Massachusetts. It bears 

the name, in large characters, of f Jonathan Clark Lewis, made by 

J. G., Feb. the 27, 1773,' and the motto : — 

I, powder, with my brother ball, 
Most hero like doth conquer all. 

It is curiously engraved with moose, fox, eagle, and a man snar 
ing a deer." 

In the issue of the same newspaper, March 13, the following 
communication appeared : — 

To the Editor of The Advertiser : — In the " Hither and Yon " column of 
yesterday's Advertiser there is an allusion to an engraved powder-horn 
bearing the inscription : "Jonathan Clark Lewis, made by J. G., Feb. the 
27, 1773," which is offered for sale by a dealer in New York. It may 

1896.] Contribution to Wyman Genealogy. 45 

interest some of your readers to know that Mr. Lewis was a trader at Gro- 
ton, where he lived, and died on April 7, 1781, " in the 37th year of his 
age." He was English by birth, and his tombstone in the Groton burying- 
ground is one of the very few that have armorial bearings cut on them. 
There can be no doubt as to the identity of the man, as before the Revo- 
lution middle names were very uncommon. Q.. 

Within the past twelve or thirteen years the subject of powder- 
horn inscriptions has been developed to an interesting degree by 
Mr. Riifus A. Grider, of Canajoharie, New York, who has made 
careful drawings of more than four hundred inscribed horns. His 
collection of such representations is both unique and artistic, and 
should be published for the benefit of scholars, as it contains many 
hints and suggestions of an historical character, not found elsewhere. 
Mr. Grider has made original researches along this line of study, 
which are worthy of high commendation. His pioneer labors in 
this direction justly entitle him to be regarded as the founder of a 
new antiquarian art. 


By Morrill Wyman, Jr., Esq., of Cambridge, Mass. 

During a visit to England, in the autumn of 1895, I ascertained 
the following facts concerning the family of Francis and John Wy- 
man Avho settled in Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1640.* 

From the register of baptisms, deaths and marriages, in the church 
at West Mill, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire : — 

1617 May 2 d , Francis Wyman married Elizabeth Richardson. 

1618 April 5 th , Thomas ye son of Francis Wyman, baptized. 

1619 Feb. 24 th , Francis, " " " " " 
1621 Feb. 3 d , John, " " " 

1623 March 14 th , Richard, " " " " " 

1628 August 31 st , William, " " " " 

1630 June 22 d , Elizabeth, the wife of Francis Wyman, buried. 

1630 July — , William, ye son of Francis Wyman, buried. 

1656 July 12 th , the wife of Francis Wyman of West Mill Green was 

1658 September 19 th , Francis Wyman of West Mill Green was buried. 

*An abstract of the will of Francis Wyman, of Westmill, in the county of Hertford, 
father of Francis and John, the Woburn immigrants, is printed in Waters's Gleanings for 
April, 1889, in the Register, vol. 43, p. 156. A genealogy of the Wyman Family by the 
late Thomas B. Wyman was printed in the Register, vol. 3, pp. 33-8, and reprinted in 
pamphlet form. A copy of this pamphlet, corrected and much extended, in manuscript, 
by the author, is preserved in the Library of the New-England Historic Genealogical 
Society. — Ediior. 

VOL. L. 5 

46 Balthazar Willix. [Jan. 

From the " Tithing Book " at West Mill :— 

1(')17. Francis Wyman of "Reyners Croft" (?) paid titbs. 
1G18. Francis Wyman at Brook End paid tiths. 

(Then follow many entries of the same kind.) 
From the register of Baptisms, Deaths and Marriages, at 
Braughing : — 

1653 March 5 th , Thomas Wyman married Ann Godfrey. 

Brook End is about one mile to the west of the West Mill church, 
and West Mill Green is about one half mile to the west of Brook End. 

Braughing is about two miles south east of West Mill. 

It was stated to me that in the records of the church at Bunting- 
ford* there is recorded a marriage of Eichard Wyman, about 1560. 
I was unable to examine the book to verify this statement. 

The AVymans may be descended from the Wymond family. 
The crests of the Wyman and Wymond coat of arms are the same, 
and in the earliest records which I have found the name Wyman 
is very often written with a final r? t," Wymant. 

I am greatly indebted to Mr. James J. Shain, landlord of the 
George Hotel, Buntingford, for his aid in examining the records. 


By Frank W. Hackett, A.M., of New Castle, N. H, 

For a surname "Willix" is odd enough. It scarcely can be 
English. Put " Balthazar " in front, and you get as*curious a name 
as any one of those that for some peculiarity or other arrest atten- 
tion in our early New England records. 

Balthazar Willix was an early settler at Exeter, Xcw Hampshire. 
One of the smaller shares of the lands was allotted him in the 
beginning of 1640, and his name, according to the accomplished 
historian of that town, appears at a later date frequently in the 
records, "in his own bold and handsome chirography."f Pic was 
one of the signers of the Exeter Petition of 1643 to the General 
Court of Massachusetts, to be taken under their government.! 

His wife, Hannah (or Annah) Willix, met with a terrible fate. 
In May, or June, 1648, as we learn from Bell, she was on her way 
from Dover to Exeter, when she was waylaid, robbed and most 


• Buntingford is a small place in the county of Hertford, twelve miles n. n. e. from the 
ty -'.u. and thirty-one miles north of London. The village consists of a single Street 
on the shores of the river ltii». The trade there is principally in leather and malt. 
ii: the same county, three miles soath of Buntingford.— Editor. 
t Bell's History of Exeter, page 10. 
j N. II. Prov. Papers, vol. i. p. 171, where his name is misprinted— Willis. 

1896.] Balthazar Willix. 47 

brutally murdered, and her body flung into the river. "Whether 
the perpetrator of the outrage was ever brought to justice is not 
known." * Governor Winthrop notes this tragic occurrence with a 
particularity of detail that, however characteristic of the Puritan 
records of that day, rather shocks our modern ideas of the duty of 
the chronicler. f 

Not long after this dreadful event Willix, it seems, removed to 
Salisbury, where, in 1G50, he is found taxed four shillings in the 
rate list. J He was subsequently married to Mary, the widow of 
Thomas Hauxton. It was a brief union, for he died at Salisbury, 
23 March, 1655. His widow died in July, 1675. § 

So far as we are aware there is nothing remarkable about this 
man, except his name; and in this respect a daughter, "Hasel- 
phena," fairly competes with her father. It is likely that the family 
has now become extinct in the male line. But we have lately come 
across certain depositions relating to his children that are perhaps 
worth printing, referring, as they do, to one or two names that may 
interest somebody. In the library of the Portsmouth (N. H.) 
Athenaeum is a MS. record book of original entries made by nota- 
ries public at Great Island (New Castle) and at Portsmouth, the 
first entry being of date 24 October, 1692. || From this book we 
extract three depositions, as follows : — 


The deposition of Francis Jones aged 57 or thereabouts, Testifieth & 
sayeth that he very well knew Haselphena Willix, Annali Willix and 
Susannah Willex all three the reputed Daughters of Belshazer Willex 
sometime of Exeter in New England and Annah his wife of whom the 
afore mentioned three sisters were borne & owned to be the children of s a 
Belshaser & Annah his wife The Deponent farther Testifieth that he 
very well knew Rob* Kosco who married Annah Willex one of the three 
sisters above named, w h0 afterwar' 1 went to Roan Oke, or North Carolina, 
and as I the s a Deponent understood s (l Roscoe there died s' 1 Annah became 
wife to one blunt & after his decease to one Southwell and last of all the 
wife of one Coll Leare in Virginia & farther sayth not 

the mark of X Francis Jones 

This was sworn to before Nath 11 Fryer, Esq., President of the 
Province, 15 April, 1696 ; acknowledged before Win. Bedford, 
18 April, 1696 ; entered and recorded Nov. 11, 1696. 

Francis Jones was of Portsmouth. On the opposite page of the 

* Bell's History of Exeter, page 40. 

f Winthrop's Journal, volume ii., page 326, where the unfortunate victim is spoken of as 
" the wife of one Willip of Exeter." 

t 3 Register, 17. 

$ 8 Register, 223. 

|| It is a protest of Captain John Pickering Attorney to M' John Micoe of Boston mer- 
chant and compa' against Captain John Votear (comandr on board y Maj s ship o\ wan- 
called ye Samuel and Mary) for forcibly bringing the shipp Dove on 1 October, 1692, from 
the Isle of Sholes into ye River Piscattaqua, and taking out of her fourteen barrels ol gun- 
powder and one large Anchor. 

48 Balthazar Willix. [J 


book, he and his wife Susannah appear of record as ratifying, by 
deed, the acts of "our beloved kinsman, Thomas Pickering," done 
under a letter of attorney to him of 13th May, 1695. John Pick- 
ering and James Lovett are witnesses to the present instrument, 
which is acknowledged 18 April, 1696. 


The Deposition of Robert Smith aged about eighty-three years & John 
Smith aged about eighty (?) six years who sayth that wee know, the three 
daughter of Belshazer Willix sometime at Exeter in New England both 
when they were children and when they were grown to womans estate and 
they allways owned themselves to be sisters and were allwayes soe accounted 
and their names were Hasselphena Willix : Annah Willix and Susannah 
Willix, and Thomas Nudd aged about sixty six yeares allsoe Sayeth, that 
I lived a servant many years w th M r Timothy Dalton at Hampton, and 
Anna Willix lived there a serv 1 att the same times and Susannah Willix 
Lived a servant very near us, and thay allwayes Owned one another to be 
sisters and were allwayes soe accounted. 

Rob fc Smith John Smith Thomas Nudd above came aud apeared this 8th 
of May 1695 and made oath to the truth of all above written before me 
Hen Dow Just. P. in New Hampshire 
Recorded as a true copie of origiuall November 1 1 th 

Wm Redford N. P. 

Henry Dow was of Hampton, where it appears the deponents 
lived. The Reverend Timothy Dalton, minister of that town, died 
there 28 December, 1661. Ruth, his widow, died at Hampton, 12 
May, 1666. As they were without children, the widow consti- 
tuted Nathaniel Batchelder her heir ; and one feature of the instru- 
ment for this purpose, executed 22 March, 1663, was that Batchel- 
der was to pay £5 to Hannah Willix.* 


The Deposition of Wm ffifefield aged ab* eighty years and Mary Fiefe- 
field aged about seventy six years who sayth that thay very well knew Bel- 
shazer Willix and his wife sum times of Exeter in the province of New 
Hampsh 1 " in New England, and allsoe their three Daughters Haselphena 
Willix, Annah Willix and Susannah Willix w ch were own Sisters the 
reputed children of the s d Willix all borne to s (l Belshazer Willix of one 
woman & farther sayth not 

W m ffief'eild & Mary his wife apeared this second day of May 1696, and 
made oath to the truth of all above written before me 

Henry Dow Justice P c in New England. 

William Fifield was of Hampton (Dow's History of Hampton , 
volume ii., page 707), where it may be that the date (November 9, 
1683) given as that of the death of his wife Mary needs to be cor- 

There is nothing further found of record on the subject in this 
MS. volume. The purpose for which the depositions were taken 
is left wholly to conjecture. 

* 27 ItKGisTEit, 3G4. 

1896.] Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Cal. 49 


Copied by B. Frank Leeds, Esq. 

The following inscriptions are from tombstones in the Old Ceme- 
tery (not the oldest, which is Roman Catholic) at Santa Cruz, Cal., 
being copied in September, 1891.* This cemetery is still used, though 
most of the burials are now made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, 
nearly opposite and on the east side of the river San Lorenzo, 
which has been in existence from twenty-two to twenty-five years. 
The Old Cemetery, established some forty or more years before 
these epitaphs were copied, is an attractive bit of inclined ground on 
the flank of a plateau covered with native trees, mostly redwoods 
and horse-chestnuts, and a few exotics like the Italian cypress, etc. 


Reuben H. Sawin, died May 2, 1884, aged 82 years. 
Sarah S. Sawiu, died July 17, 1889, aged 76 years. 

Their children died in Massachusetts: 
Hamilton, died June 28, 1842, aged 6 years. 
Maria, died June 28, 1842, aged 3 years. 
All natives of Mass. 

Lot 2. 
Levi R. Stoell, died May 13, 1880. A native of South Dedham, Mass. 

Hugh Leo, died July 29, 1878, ag d 2 y. 1 m. 9 d. 
Helen Newell, died Oct. 29, 1878, ag d 4 mos. 22 d. 
Children of C. E. and L. A. Russell. 

Lot 4' 
George Ellis, native of Scotland, died Oct. 19, 1877, aged M years. 
Anne, wife of above, native of England, died Sep. 6, 1882, aged %6 years. 
Another grave in this lot without a stone. 

Lot 5. 
Francis M. Kittredge, M.D., Littleton, Mass. 

Oct. 10, 1810. Feb. 13, 1879. 
Almira M. Kittredge, Lanesboro r Mass. 

Nov. 12, 1817. July 8, 1885. 
Ruel Kittredge, Sep. 12, 1839. Feb. 28, 1863. 

Lot 6. 
Mary Edith Beasley, born July 12, 1849, d. Oct. 5, 1812. 
A marble cross. 

* Mr. Leeds, who copied these inscriptions, was a resident of Santa Cruz in 1882, 1883 
and 1884. but was a visitor in 1891 when they were copied. 

f The lots are doubtless numbered— but the numbers here given are my own and are not 
likely to correspond with those used by the Cemetery Association. 
VOL. L. 5* 

50 Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Gal. [Jan. 

Lot 7. 
Alice C. Boston, died Dec. 4, 1882, aged 84 years. 
J. 13. (Boston), died Oct. 17, 1874. 

Lot 8. 
Nancy Ann, wife of David Ghasky, b. Apr. 20, 1818, d. Jan. 23, 1868. 
David Ghasky, b. Portsmouth, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1806, died Aug. 16, 1877. 

Lot 9. 
Josephine Sharp, wife of Samuel Sharp, died Jan. 25, 1872, aged 33 y. 
11m. 12 days. 

Three other small graves and two large graves, unmarked, in this lot. 

Lot 10. 
John Ford, native of New Jersey, died May 26, 1863, aged 43 years. 
Four tallish Italian cypresses at corners of this lot. 

Lot 11. 

William H. Moore, b. Feb. 15, 1836, died Oct. 13, 1871. 

Lizzie Nichols, wife of W. H. Moore, born July 4, 1833, died May 9, 

Ida, daughter of W. H. and L. Moore, b. Mch. 17, 1855, d. Feb. 17, 

(No name). Roses lent, not given, to bud on earth and bloom in heaven. 

Lot 12. 
Catalina Maria, infant daugh r of G. B. V. and E. A. DeLamater, died 
Jan. 30, 1867, 

Mary E. Cope, born Apr. 9, 1855, died Jan. 4, 1878. 

Lot 13. 

Lot llf. 

Jane Heath, wife of Lucien Heath, born at Dayton, Ohio, Sep. 16, 1825. 

Lucien Heath, born at Buffalo, N. York, May 10, 1819, died Dec. 19, 
1888, ag d 69 y. 7 m. 9 d. 

Alice C. Heath, born at King's Valley, Oregon, Jan. 15, 1855, died July 
18, 1876, aged 21 y. 6 m. 3 d. 

An above ground tomb ; of granite and limestone. 

Lot 15. 

Matilda A., dau r of Addison and Sarah Newell and wife of R. K. Vestal, 
d. Jan, 9, 1876, ag d 35 years, 9 mos. A native of Maine. 

Emily F. Clark, wife of R. K. Vestal, died Mch. 3, 1883, aged 39 years, 
5 months. A native of New Hampshire. 

Lot 16. 
Eli Moore, a native of Gilford, N. C, b. Apr. 12, 1806, d. June 6, 1859. 
Rachel B. Moore, wife of R. K. Vestal, b. Nov. 1, 1828, d. Jan. 4, 1851. 
Elizabeth Palmer, wife of Eli Moore, b. Nov. 24, 1804, d, Dec. 7, 1883. 
A native of Tennessee. 

Elizabeth Moore, wife of E. Bender, b. Jan. 18, 1845, d. Jan. 7, 1874. 

1896.] Letter of Richard Bry en. 51 

Lot 17. 
A. P. Jordan, born in Brunswick, Maine, died Nov. 14, 1866, aged 40 
years, 1 mo. 
Little May. 
Our Baby. 
A fourth grave apparently with broken painted stake. 

Lot 18. 
J. B. Perry, died Oct. 23, 1871, aged 58 years. 
Charles Green, died Mch. 31, 1871, aged 17 years. 
S. R. Hillman, born Feb. 14, 1813, died July 4, 1884. 

Lot 19. 
Paul Emilio, born July 14, 1864, died Nov. 28, 1870. 
On base of this stone in large letters the name Pioda. 

Lot 20. 

Charles W. Williams, b. Aug. 7, 1825, d. Mch. 12, 1872. 
Lewis B. Williams, d. Jan. 5, 1869, ag (i . 11 mo. 28 d., son of C. W. and 
A. E. Williams. 
Anna Narcissa Williams, dau r . of Cha s W. and Anna Williams, died 
June 10, 1864, aged 11 mos. 20 days. 
Delcy V. Williams, died Jan. 15, 1869, ag d 3 years, 1 mo. 11 d., dau r . 
of C. W. and A. E. Williams. 

Lot 21. 
Helen Mary Boston, died Aug. 5, 1852. 

Lot 22. 

George W. Wood, died Oct 28, 1885, aged 59 years. 
Charity, wife of F. N. Stuart, d. June 26, 1883, aged 54 years. 
Job and Mary Blanchard Stuart enjoyed life together 65 years. 
Job born 1796, died 1884. 
Mary born 1797, died 1885. 
Natives of Vermont. 

[To be continued.] 



Communicated by John C. Clapp, Esq., of Boston. 

THE Abijah Crane to whom the following letter was sent was 
an elder brother of Col. John Crane of Revolutionary fame. It 
was the latter who set out the Paddock elms near the old " Gran- 
ary" burying ground in Boston. Both the brothers were members 

52 Letter of Richard By-yen. [Jan. 

of the Boston " tea party" in 1773. There does not appear to be 
any record which shows that they had a sister or other relative by 
the name of Rebecca, as named in the letter : — 

City of Algiers January the 5 th , 1790. 
M r Abijah Crane 

I am the unfortunate Master of the ship Dauphin that Be- 
longed to M r Mathew and thomas Irvins of the City of Philadelphia. I 
was Captured the 30th of J — [torn] fifty Leagues to the Westward of 
Lisbon by and Algerine corsaire of 34 guns, and on the 16 th of August, 
brought to algiers where I and my crew were condemned to Slavery. 
Sir I am the son of Rebecca Crane of Boston whom married William 

Bryen about the yeare 1757, and after a few years William O Bryen 
his wife and 4 children moved to Ireland in hopes of Recovering a consid- 
erable Estate, which he was the Lawful Heire to. But unfortunately my 
father Died shortly after his arrival in Ireland. My mother and her foure 
young children was left, in a strange country, but was much assisted by the 
worthy Relations of My father, the family of the Aldworths. 

A few years after my mother married the Reverand Laurence Arundel, 
now Dead, in the yeare of 1774, or 1772. I was bound apprentice to a sea 
Cap 1 in order that I should have and [an] oppertunity from my Line of Life 
to Vissit my mother's Relations and friends. But the Vessel I was appren- 
tice on board of used to trade to the Southern provinces, the American 
war commenceing I sailed out of Philadelphia, But Never had the opper- 
tunity of Going to Boston to see you and your Brother and the Rest of 
My Mothers Relations. 

There is allso in Algiers a Captain Stephens of Boston, whom com- 
manded a schooner Belonging to M r William Foster of Boston But un- 
fortunately was captured the 25 th of July 1785, & he & his Crew made 
Slaves of. 

It is Certainly Exceeding strange that 15 unfortunate americans should 
be kept in slavery these 4J years without Receiving any assurances of 
Reliefe. Notwithstanding the sundry Petitions we have wrote, and that 
the constitution is Ratified full 1 yeare and that American affairs wears a 
favourable appearance. 

Six of my crew has Died with the pest, and there is at present 15 unfor- 
tunate Americans in Captivity, & I Believe it will cost our country 30 
thousand Dollars to extricate us from our present unfortunate situation. 
It is several years since I seen My Mother but since I have been in cap- 
tivity I have Received sundry Letters from my aged parent. I have often 
heard her talk of you and your Brother and her other friends and Rela- 
tions the McClanighans & Winslows of Falmouth and Cascobay & Kene- 
beck & Dr. [torn] present unfortunate situation of your kinsman. I hope 
through youre Influence and Seconded by my Friends in Philadelphia that 
Congress will take our situation Into Consideration & Empower the Ameri- 
can Ambassadors in Europe to finally Extricate & [the?] unfortunate 
Remnant of their countrymen from slavery. 

D r Sir you will excuse the Liberty I have taken in writeing you but as 

1 consider you to be the Relations of My mother, I sollicit youre Endea- 
vours to Befriend Me & My Brother Sufferers in our present state of 
Bondage & adversity. Should I Be Mistaken in supposeing you the Bro- 

1896.] The Be Lotbinieres. 53 

ther or Relation of My Mother, I trust I shall not gain your Displeasure, 
But that as youre Countryman & fellow citizen your Humanity towards the 
unfortunate will induce you to Leave no stone unturned to serve me. 

I shall Esteem it as a singular favoure in youre writeing me a few Lines 
please to Direct for me under cover to Mons r D e Kerzey the french Con- 
sul in algiers or to the care of the Spanish cons 1 Mons r D e Las Uaris or to 
Charles Logie Esq r the British consul, or under cover to William Car- 
michael Esq 1- the American Ambassador at Madrid, this Gentleman Deserves 
my sincere thanks for many favours Rendered Me and my Brother suffer- 
ers in times of Impending Danger. America May obtain a peace with 
Algiers for the sum of 65 thous d pounds ster & our Redemption Included, 
that is if the Negotiation is well managed, but america knows but Little 
of Barbary affairs. 

D r Sir 

Your most Obedient 
most Humble Servant 

Ricn d Br yen 
Superscribed : 

Mr. | Abijah Crane | South End | Boston | North America 


By I. J. Greenwood, A.M., of New York City. 

The evening carillon was trembling on the summer air, and Stockbridge 
street was all aglow with slanting sunbeams, when I was aroused from mus- 
ing by my host* of the Red Lion Inn placing in my hand a small roll of 
time-stained manuscript. " A bundle of old French letters, containing an 
autograph of Montcalm," he remarked, knowing our congenial tastes, and 
I, delighted at the prospect of au evening's agreeable occupation, was soon 
at work over the treasure-trove. How well the trouble of straightening 
out and arranging the crumpled papers was repaid, the following notes, 
somewhat extended from memoranda jotted down at the time, may give an 

There were in all fourteen letters, evidently part of the family archives 
of the De Lotbinieres, a race which had reached Canada, about 1646, in the 
person of Louis-Theandre Chartier de Lotbiniere, who became " Lieutenant 
General Civil et Criminel de la Prevote* de Quebec," in which city he was 
buried Sept. 11, 1690, aged 78. To his earliest progenitor, born about 
1320, as we learn from Tanguay, his line of descent ran back through nine 
preceding generations, as follows: Rene-Pierre, 9 Alain, 8 Pierre, 7 Alain, 6 
Clement, 5 Cesar, 4 Alain, 3 Philippe, 2 and Joseph, 1 of Dijon. Pierre, a son 
of Clement, born about 1490, and a Councillor to the Parliament of Paris, 
was the first to adopt the suffix of De Lotbiniere, which became the family 
name in the eighth generation. 

Louis-Theandre, 10 who had married at Paris, Aug. 16, 1641, Marie- 

* Mr. C. H. Plumb. 

5 i The De Lotbinieres. [Jan. 

Elizabeth d' Amours de Clignancourt, bad two children : Rene- Louis, born 
1 G 1 2 . and Marie-Fran coise, who was five years younger. The latter 
married, Oct. 17, 1672, Pierre de Joybert, Seigneur de Marion et de Soul- 
anges, Commandant en Acadie, and their daughter Louise-Elizabeth, b. 
Aug. 18, 1673, at the River St. John, Acadie, bapt. in Quebec, June 15, 
I 675, became the wife, Nov. 21, 1690, of Philippe de Rigaud, 
Vaudreuil, Gov. of Montreal. De Rigaud, subsequently the Marquis de 
Vaudreuil, was, in 1703, Gov. of New France, and died in 1725, aged 82. 

R^ne-Louis Chartier de Lotbiniere, 11 b. 1642; King's Councillor 1674, 
and, like his father, Lieut.-Gen. Civil et Criminel; as lieutenant of a 
militia company of Quebec, he was present, Oct. 17, 1666, when the Sieur 
de Hois took possession of Andaraque and other posts of the Iroquois ; and 
as Col. of the Quebec Regt, he was at Fort Frontenac in the summer of 
1684, in the rear-guard of the French expedition against the Senecas. He 
married Jan. 24, 1678, at Quebec, Marie-Madeleine Lambert, and was buried 
June 4, 1709. Of his sons: Eustache Chartier 12 , bapt. Dec. 15, 1688, m. 
April 14, 1711, Marie-Francoise Reuaud, who d. April 25, 1723, aged 30. 
He had been au Ensign in the troops, been recommended May 6, 1719, by his 
kinsman, the Governor, to fill a vacancy in the Superior Council, and continued 
to hold that office until his decease. The vacancy had been caused by the 
recent death of Claude de Berman, the aged Sieur de la Martiniere, Judge, 
Counsellor, and Lieut.-Gen. Civil et Crirn. This latter distinction, held by 
the Sieur de Lotbiniere's family through two generations, had been bestowed 
by the King upon Martin, Sieur du Lino, against which choice Eustache 
made bold to protest and apply for the position himself. The reply, being 
No. 1 of the documents I had the pleasure of examining, is dated Paris, 
Sept. 1, 1719, and was written by Victor Marie, Due d'Estrees, Marechal 
de France. The services of Lotbiniere's father and grandfather, in behalf 
of their King and the Colony, are acknowledged, but the applicant is ad- 
monished not to regard certain offices as family heir-looms ; to endeavor, 
rather, to render himself worthy of preferment, &c, &c. 

After his wife's death, in 1723, the young man turned his mind to more 
serious occupation; was ordained a priest, April 14, 1726; became Archdea- 
con and Dean of the Quebec Cathedral, and was there* buried Feb. 14, 
1749. His youngest child was: 

Michel-Alain 13 , Chartier de Lotbiniere, bapt. April 12, 1723; cadet 
(marine), 1736; ensign, 1742; made the campaign of Acadie 1746; and 
was Captain 1757. The Gov.-Gen., the Marquis de La Galissoniere (the 
same who afterwards defeated Admiral Byng, before Minorca), writing 
from Quebec, Oct. 20, 1748, to the Minister of Marine, states that he has 
employed the Sieur de Lotbiniere as assistant engineer. Letters Nos. 2 
and 3 were from Galissoniere to Lotbiniere; the first, dated Paris, Mon- 
day, Sept. 24, 1752, stating that the writer is about sending 1200 livres 
for the Ix-nefit of M. de Lotbiniere, M. des Essarts, and M. de Lusignan, 
and counts upon their standing by each other like good comrades. The 
other, addressed to M. de L., Royal Engineer at Quebec, is from Paris, 
Feb. 19, 1751; along, friendly, interesting letter of six pages, touching 
principally on military matters and the fortifications at Quebec and Louis- 
bourg. The writer also observes that "the mounting for the electrical 
globe, which you left me, is not sent, because, as you remarked on the 
paper in which it was wrapped, it was necessary to semi, at tin; same time, 
a pneumatic machine (air pump), and, as you know, they never have what 
yon want, 1 thought best to send you instruments which might be of use.'' 

1896.] The Be Lotbinicres. 55 

Meanwhile the young engineer had married, and Col. Franquet, who had 
been at Louisbourg since the summer of 1750, writes him (No. 4) from 
that point, Jan. 4, 1755, confirming his (Franquet's) recent appointment 
as Director of Fortifications in North America, and presents his respects to 
Madam de Lotbiniere. 

No. 5 is a letter from the Marquis de Vaudreuil, Gov.-Gen. of New 
France, dated Montreal, Sept. 15, 1756, to " M. de l'otbiniere, ing^nieur 
a Carillon," better known to us as Fort Ticonderoga. The writer assures 
his kinsman (they were second cousins) that he alone has the principal 
direction of the works at Carillon, and urges him to press them forward at 
his best and to the satisfaction of M. le Marquis de Montcalm; that Madam 
de Vaudreuil thanks him for his kind remembrance, &c. Portion of a seal 
impression in red wax is attached to the letter, being a lion rampant on a 
plain shield, with a lightly draped winged figure to the left as a supporter, 
while, pendant from the shield, hangs a military order, consisting of eight 
cannons joined together as a star. The writer, Pierre-Francois, Marquis de 
Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, b. 1698, was the third son of the former Governor 
General, to which position he himself attained in 1755; the last to hold that 
position under the French. 

Nov. 2, 1756, Lotbiniere applied to the Minister of Marine for the posi- 
tion of Engineer-in-Chief of the Colony, as held by his late father-in-law 
De Levy, and some two years later, writing to Marshal de Belle Isle, he 
says, " I flatter myself, my Lord, that you will be pleased to have the 
Cross of St. Louis conferred upon me. 'Tis a favor, I dare say, I have 
merited by the zeal I have evinced on all occasions." The Marshal's 
comments upon him as an officer can be seen in the New York Col. MSS., 
vol. x. 889. 

No. 6, from the Marquis de Montcalm, is in answer to a demand for sixty 
carpenters. From Portage Camp, August 19, 1757, the Marquis slates 
that he sends what he can from the various regiments, &c. 

In No. 7 we have the most interesting manuscript of the series, being 
the "Continuation of a journal from July, 1758, to M. de Lotbiniere's 
return, Jan. 10, 1761, to Paris," according to the heading. Unfortunately 
the twenty-four pages preserved terminate with the 22d of May, 1759. He 
had left Carillon, July 15, 1758, he writes, suffering from inflammation of 
the lungs, brought on by his exertions; but a few months' rest at Quebec, 
and a milk diet, had about restored him to health. Rumors were continu- 
ally reaching them as to the designs of the English for gaining possession 
of Canada; Louisbourg, &c, are already in the hands of the enemy. 
Feb. 7th he sets out for Montreal, where he arrives five days later, and, 
with De Vaudreuil, discusses plans for the approaching campaign ; he also 
learns from the Governor the defensive plan of Lieut.-Col. M. de Pont-le- 
roy, Engineer-in-Chief for Quebec, a plan which embraces the district from 
the Falls of Montmorency to the river St. Charles, "not dreaming," says 
the writer, "of occupying the heights before Quebec, and totally neglecting 
that portion comprised between Sillery and Les Anses des Mers, deeming 
it impregnable;" whereas, he informs the Governor, this point should not 
be overlooked, since he remembers how, as a school-boy, he had scaled 
these heights rapidly and with no great difficulty, lie then proceeds to 
unfold his own plan of defence. Having returned to Quebec, he notes that 
from the 20th to the 21st of May it froze to the thickness of two crowns. 
Here he finds the defensive works progressing on all sides, without any 
special duty having been assigned to himself, according to promise. The 

66 The De Lotbinieres. [Jan. 

chief engineer " told me, with quite an embarrassed air, that he was much 
obliged to me, but that he could dispense with causing me any fatigue, three 
engineers having come to him from France," and yet, a few days later, he 
sees that work had been given out to several officers of the line, for which 
they were evidently unfitted ; " this proceeding, ou the part of M. de pont 
Leroy, does not surprise me, having seen, from the moment of his arrival 
in Canada, that he regarded me with jealousy, &c." That a state of ill 
feeling existed between the parties is further confirmed by Pontleroy's own 
letters to the Minister of Marine, referred to in the repprt on Canadian 
Archives for 1887 (pp. 216 and 271) ; April 24, 1758, he makes complaints 
against M. de Lotbiniere, who evidently thought himself better fitted than 
M. de Levy for post of chief engineer. Towards the close of July he finds 
fault with Lotbiniere's work in the construction of Carillon, and, later on, 
hints at his too lavish expenditure; and, December 1, writes that " M. de 
Vaudreuil desired to secure the appointment of his relative, M. de Lotbiniere, 
as chief engineer, and he, Pontleroy, when he arrived, was looked upon as 
an intruder, and difficulties were put in his way. He asks that M. de 
Vaudreuil and the Intendaut be instructed to give him their support in the 
discharge of his duty." 

This friction, to call it by no worse name, continued in the department of 
Royal Engineers till the enemy cast anchor before their city ; all errors and 
oversights, so apparent to some, and to which others continued perversely 
blind, remained uncorrected; the very heights which had been ignored were 
scaled, the decisive battle was fought, and five days later, on Sept. 18, 1759, 
Quebec surrendered, and the English became masters of Canada. The two 
leaders, Wolf and Montcalm, had both fallen, the one departing victorious 
and in honor, the other in the bitterness of chagrin and defeat; both sacri- 
fices to a monarch's glory. " Heureux le general, s'il n'eut pas meprise' 
encore sous les murs de Quebec les sages instructions qui lui donna Vaud- 
reuil, il y a un memoire detaille des operations par une officier du genie qui 
donne droit au Marquis," writes Bibaud, Jeune, in his " Pantheon Cana- 
dien," alluding, may we presume, to the missing portion of De Lotbiniere's 

Returning to France, the Governor was thrown into the« Bastille, and, 
though exonerated from all blame and finally released, died long after, bur- 
thened with poverty and years. No. 8 is a letter from his nephew, Le 
Chev. de Vaudreuil at Rochefort, April 27, 1762, to " M. de Lotbiniere, 
officier du Canada, rue des bons enfans, chez M de Audry, pres de la porte 
du palais Royal, a Paris." It discusses some money matters; then states 
that Canadians are arrested daily, as the testimony of all who have returned 
from that country is wanted; " happy are those who have not been mixed 
up in any affair of government. I am quite impatient to hear the end of 
this matter, persuaded that it cannot terminate otherwise than advantage- 
ously for my uncle." 

Two years later, Feb. 28, 1764, the same party writes from " Paris, rue 
garniere," to " Mons. de Lotbiniere, chez M. M. guinaud negotiants, a 
Londres." This letter, No. 9, states that the Chevalier's brother would 
return from St. Domingo about June; other matter, of a private nature, is 
referred to, and M. de L.'s son is mentioned. A small seal in black wax 
is attached; device same as noted in No. 5, save that the supporters are dif- 
ferently arranged, and that the shield is surmounted with a jewelled coronet 
of three strawberry leaves, and that the military order is omitted. The 
brother alluded to was undoubtedly Joseph Hyc. Rigaud de Vaudreuil, 
Governor of St. Domingo. 

1896.] The De Lotbinieres. 57 

As early as 1764 Lotbiniere made application to the Lords Commission- 
ers for Trade and Plantations desiring confirmation, in his favor, of two 
concessions of land, and in 1772 he was in Eugland pressing his claims. 
One tract, called Alainville, granted him in 1758, by Governor Vaudreuil, 
lying partly on Lake George, partly on Crown Point River, with a front- 
age of over four leagues, and a depth of about five ; the other tract of simi- 
lar extent, lay opposite Crown Point, and was purchased in 1763 from the 
grantee, M. Champagne de Hocquart. These lands at the head of Lake 
Champlain had been annexed to the Province of New York, soon after the 
conquest of Canada, and set off to reduced officers of the British army. It 
is, perhaps, just here that No. 10 of the series comes in connection. It is 
written from Portmansquare (London), Feb. 6, 1774, by the Count de 
Belgivioso, who regrets being out when M. de L. called, and invites him to 
chocolate, next Monday, after 10| a.m., as a conversation is desirable pre- 
vious to an interview with the Minister, Lord Rochford. 

Finally, Feb. 13, 1776, the Lords of Trade sent their opinion of the sub- 
ject to the Committee of Privy Council, advising that, by way of compensa- 
tion, a tract of 115,000 acres be granted the applicant in the Province of 
Quebec, otherwise he to pursue his claims by due course of law. That the 
land was accepted, the writer is not certain ; his Letters Patent state that, 
having made a reclamation on the British government, he obtained a pen- 
sion of 400 guineas, which, at the outbreak of the American Revolution, 
he gave up and offered his services to France, a step which debarred his 
ever returning to Canada as an English subject; and that he was, in 1776, 
sent to Boston on a mission, " which he fulfilled with that zeal which had 
ever characterized his operations." 

Having reached the French colony of St. Pierre de Miquelon, off the 
coast of Newfoundland, he sailed thence in a schooner, with two domestics 
and a post-chaise, and arrived, early in November, 1776, at Chatham, on 
Cape Cod. Proceeding to Boston, he endeavoured to open correspondence 
with Dr. Franklin, who had sailed for France, and with the President of 
Congress. He says, " At the time I left France, the commission I accepted 
of could not be granted without a reserve of disowning me in case things 
did not succeed in the manner expected," and speaks of himself as " under 
the double risk of being disowned by your Congress, or by the Court which 
has secretly employed me, as one who may, and they know can be, of the 
greatest service to you by his knowledge of war and politics, as well as with 
the local of this Continent." That he might not be regarded as a presump- 
tious pretender, he continues : " The whole system of defence in that 
country (Canada), after the defeat of Baron Dieskau, until the close of 
1758, was solely my own, and that it ceased to be pursued only in the cam- 
paign of 1759, in which the Sieur Pont le Roy, a much older engineer than 
I, and who arrived in the summer of 1758, determined absolutely, in his 
mode of defence, to pursue the reverse of all that I had planned, &c." He 
writes also to his son, then a prisoner-of-war; chides him for espousing the 
side of England, and would like to take his place, temporarily, and send 
him to Canada for his mother and sister; adding "all my letters from 
France give me the title of Marquis. You run no risk in conforming to it."* 

He returned to Paris, and No. 11 is a note from M. de Pont le Roy (so 
signed), about 1779, who writes that M. le Chev. de Levis doubts not but 
that M. de L. is certain as to the height of the ramparts of Quebec, and so 
desires me to ask for him the height of that part &c. 

* Force's Am. Archives, 5 S. III., 642-6, 1079-80. 
VOL. L. 6 

58 The De Lotbinieres. [Jan. 

About this time, again in quest of the Cross of St. Louis, M. de Lotbi- 
niere wrote to M. de Sartine, Minister of the Marine. In a letter (No. 12) 
from Versailles, Jan. 21, 1779, the Chev. de Levis (afterwards Duke and 
Marshal) informs him that he is likely to get only a polite reply ; that he 
should make out a memoir and sign it, stating his services in detail, and 
that he (Levis) will present it to the minister and urge the suit. As 
Lotbiniere favors " the qualification of Marquis, he had better so style him- 
self in his memoir, that the reply sent him may be so addressed. Not to 
ask for more than one favor at a time, 'twere well to make no mention of 
the rank of Colonel, and frankly he would never get it, since he had never 
been employed on any expedition, and I do not see that they are disposed 
to do anything for Canada." 

The next year brings a new minister, in the person of the Marquis de 
Castries, who, in No. 13, Lotbiniere, from Versailles, Nov. 14, 
1780, thanking him for the complimentary letter on his recent appointment. 
The minister would like to do something for him, but the times are so 
unfavorable that it is something more to be wished than hoped for. Per- 
severance, however, met with its reward at last, and, in recognition of his 
services and those of his predecessors, Michel- Alaine Chartier de Lotbiniere 
was made a Knight of St. Louis, and raised to the rank of Marquis, by the 
King of France, June 25, 1784, Letters Patent being filed in Paris, April 
21st following; the only case of a native Canadian who attained that title. 
He died in New York, from yellow fever, in 1799, aged 76. 

His wife, whom he married in Quebec, in 1747, was Louise-Madelaine, 
daughter of Gaspard Chaussegros de Levy (or De Lery), Engineer of the 
Marine, and Knight of St. Louis. De Levy, who died in March, 1756, had 
a son, Gaspard-Joseph, also an engineer, who, at the age of 32, in September, 
1753, married Louise-Martel de Brouage, some seventeen years his junior; 
this, the first Canadian couple presented at the English Court, drew from 
his Royal Majesty the complimentary remark that if all Canadian ladies 
resembled M me de Levy, he had indeed made " une belle conquete." 

The Marquis's son, who inherited the title upon his father's decease, was 
Michel-Eustache-Gaspard- Alain Chartier de Lotbiniere, born Aug. 31, 
1748, who now held the Seigneury and Chateau of Vaudreuil, with the 
Seigneuries of Rigaud and Beauharnois. He was at first a cadet in the 
2d company of artillery, Capt. Azemard de Lusignan, in Canada, and, at 
the outbreak of the American Revolution, served as a captain at the Block- 
house of St. John : as a prisoner-of-war he had an allowance from Congress 
of two dollars per week from Nov. 2, 1775. # The last letter of the collec- 
tion (No. 14) is addressed to him by Gov. Tryon, dated New York, Feb. 
28, 1777, 9 a.m.; the Governor presenting his compliments and inviting 
Capt. Lotbiniere to an interview in half an hour: "D'jeuner est pret. — 
Note Le Governeur sorte de sa maison a dix heure." In July, 1788, Capt. 
L. was placed by Lord Dorchester on a list of those worthy of recompense 
for their services, his award being 700 acres in the parish of L'Assomption. 
During the last war with England he was colonel of the militia of Vaudreuil. 
He was prominent as a Canadian statesman ; was elected to the Chamber of 
Assembly, and unauimously named speaker in 1793 ; four years later he 
was called to the Legislative Council, and it was through his efforts that the 
French language was retained in the Legislature, and a larger share in the 

* The Rev. M. Louis Lotbiniere was appointed by Gen. Arnold, in Jan., 1776, as Chap- 
lain to Col. James Livingston's Regt., and, after the retreat from Canada, was continued a 
Chaplain in the pay of the TJ. S. 

1896.] Eben Parsons and Fatherland Farm, 59 

administration of affairs secured to the French Canadians. Dying in 1821, 
at the age of 73, the male line of the race became extinct. His youngest 
daughter Julie Christine, b. June, 1810, m. Gaspard-Peirre-Gustave Joly, 
one of whose sons, M. de Lotbiniere Joly, was killed at the assault of Delhi 
in September, 1857. The family name is still retained in that of a county 
of 735 square miles, and its seat of justice; Lotbiniere having been repre- 
sented, in 1861, in the Canadian Assembly, by Henry Gustave Joly, b. 
Dec. 5, 1829, the Premier of 1878, afterwards leader of the opposition, and 
recently knighted. 

The Chateau Vaudreuil, purchased by the first Marquis de Lotbiniere in 
1767, from his kinsmen (the family of the original founder), became subse- 
quently the College de St. Raphael. Destroyed in later years by fire, there 
was found under the foundation-stone, at the southeast angle, a leaden plate 
stamped with three fleurs de lys, and bearing this inscription, " Cette pierre 
a et^ posee par Dame Louise Elyzabeth de Joybert, femme de Haut et 
Puissant Seigneur Philippe de Rigaud, Chevalier, Marquis de Vaudreuil, 
Grand Croix de l'Ordre Militaire de St. Louis, Gouveneur et Lieutenant- 
General pour le Roi de toute la Nouvelle-France Septentrionale, en 1723, 
ce 15 Mar."*. 


By Mrs. Susan E. P. Forbes, of Springfield, Mass. 

The following sketch of an old-time Boston merchant and his 
country home was read before the Historical Society of Old New- 
bury, at their field-day meeting on Fatherland Farm, August 1st, 
1895, and is contributed by the writer to the columns of the Regis- 
ter, prefaced with a slight description of its locality, and reference 
to the historical associations which have made it notable in the an- 
nals of New England's early days. 

Fatherland Farm is situated in the parish of Byfield, Newbury, Essex 
County, Massachusetts. It contains one hundred and fifty acres, and is 
about equally divided between tillage and pasturage. The soil is exceed- 
ingly rich and fertile, and is entirely free from rocks and stones, which 
abound in adjacent acres. This farm is a part of the tract of land granted 
by the General Court of the Colony in 1635, to Richard Dummer and John 
Spencer, for the pasturage of "net cattel," brought over in Dutch ships by 
them, to the settlement then being formed in this locality, which bore the 
Indian name of Quascucunquin, meaning the waterfall. This terin was 
doubtless applied to the territory hereabout on account of there being a 
natural barricade of rock across the bed of a small river that forms the 
northern boundary of the farm, over which the fresh water of this stream 
flows before entering the head of the Parker, a tide-river that winds its way 

*In the roll of papers were two printed articles; one, a notice of services on Monday, 
March 19, 1784, at 4 p.m., in the Church of the R. R. P. P. Theatirs, for the benefit of the 
Enfans-Trouves ; Sermon by the Abbe Rousseau ; about to be sent to Dowager Lucliess 
de Cosse-Brissac; the other an Enlistment-Blank, 179 (*), for a private in the Infantry ot 
the United States, during " the existing differences" with the French Republic; to he sworn 
to before a Justice of the Peace. 

60 Eben Parsons and Fatherland Farm. [Jan. 

in a series of ox-bows through extensive marshes to Plum Island river and 
the ocean. Between this fall of fresh water and where it flows into the 
deep basin of the Parker — a few hundred yards from the old farm mansion 
— a road crosses the river over a wooden bridge, and just here is the little 
hamlet of Newbury Falls, of which the blanket mill, now owned by Mr. 
Samuel Williams of Boston, forms the nucleus. 

It should be stated that during the same session of court at which the 
grant was made to Messrs. Dummer and Spencer, the name of Quascucun- 
quin was — by petition of the inhabitants — changed to Newbury, and the 
little settlement at the junction of the rivers then took the name of New- 
bury Falls. The structure owned by Mr. Williams occupies the site of the 
first woolen mill started in America, portions of the machinery of which 
were made by Schofield Brothers, who came over from Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, in 1793. The carding machines were first put together by them in 
the stable of " Lord " Timothy Dexter in Newburyport, after which they 
were set up in the new factory at the Falls, which went into operation in 
the year 1795. 

One of the earliest saw-mills in the country and a grain-mill were built 
here by Messrs. Dummer and Spencer in 1636, and the first machines for 
making nails in America was invented and set up at the Falls by Mr. Ja- 
cob Perkins. Many other small industries were started during the following 
century by Paul Pillsbury, a resident of the parish, whose remarkable inge- 
nuity vented itself in the manufacture of improved machinery and shuttles 
for the mill: a bark-grinder which is said to have been "the prototype 
of all the bark, corn, coffee and spice mills in use to the present time" ; a 
corn-sheller, a seed-sower, window-fastener and a rotary engine, beside 
many other implements which have proved of great use to mankind. 

But aside from the fact that Newbury Falls was the American Nestor of 
small mechanical arts, it has a wider fame as the birth-place of the ances- 
tors of Henry W. Longfellow, whose grandfather went forth from the pa- 
ternal roof in early manhood to found a home in a neighboring state. The 
old premises are still held by relatives of the late poet bearing his name, 
but the huge granite horse-block for mounting to saddle and pinion — be- 
neath an ancient and fast decaying elm — is the only visible .monument left 
of those that were in days long gone by. 

Newbury Falls is also noted for having been the early home of Judge 
Samuel Sewell, " the typical Massachusetts Puritan " whose illustrious de- 
scendants have graced the pulpit, bench and bar of our beloved Common- 
wealth through successive generations to the present time. A fragrant 
souvenir of the old Judge still thrives along the highways and hedges of 
his boyhood's home, in the wild sweetbrier — transplanted by himself from 
his native heath in Bishop-Stoke, England, to his farm at Newbury Falls. 

Still another association, though of entirely different nature — according 
to a statement of the late John G. Whittier's to the writer — is attached to 
this locality, namely, that tradition asserts it to have been at Newbury 
Falls that the old-time witches were baptized by Satan and took the oath 
of allegiance to his sable majesty. Whether or not the influence of this 
legendary act affected the lives of the inhabitants for evil is not known, 
but since no tragedies have occurred among them, and generations of resi- 
dents have pursued " the even tenor of their ways," maintaining good rep- 
utation, it may be believed that any evil power absorbed by air and water 
during the transaction was swiftly borne by wind and tide to sea, while that 
which might have clung to surrounding soil was speedily annulled by the 

1896.] Eben Parsons and Fatherland Farm. 61 

influence of godly men and women who have gone forth from here to be- 
come a power for good in the world, and whose memory is an everlasting 
benediction upon the place of their nativity and earlier life. 

Eben Parsons, the founder of Fatherland Farm, was the second son of 
Rev. Moses Parsons, who was ordained pastor of the Congregational 
Church in Byfield, Newbury, June 20th, 1745, and who during that sum- 
mer removed his family from Gloucester to the old parsonage in this parish 
now occupied by the family of the late Hon. Isaac Wheelwright, in which 
mansion Eben was born, Feb. 27th, 1746. As a boy he attended the town 
school until the opening of Dummer Academy in 1763, when he became a 
pupil of that institution in charge of the famous Master Moody. 

It is said of him that after leaving Dummer school he preferred business 
to the college education which was offered him by his father ; and that ac- 
cordingly he took his clothing in a bundle, and, with his shoes under his 
arm, started off on foot for Gloucester, declaring that when he had earned 
money enough to do so he should come back and buy the Dummer farm at 
Newbury Falls. In Gloucester, Eben Parsons engaged in fishing off the 
coast of Cape Ann, but soon extended the business, acquiring several ves- 
sels of his own, by which he obtained the means to engage largely in com- 
mercial pursuits, later on sending his ships to all foreign ports then open to 
trade. He finally became one of the largest importers in the country, and 
had the reputation of being in old time parlance, — " a princely merchant." 

In May of 1767 Mr. Parsons was married to Mary, daughter of Col. 
John Gorham of Barnstable, and a few years later he removed to Boston, 
where he had purchased a large and valuable estate as a home for himself 
and family. The house was situated on Summer Street, its garden and 
grounds occupying all the space between what are now Otis and Winthrop 
places, while his cow pastured over the way on what was called Church 
Green on account of its being occupied by the edifice of the Unitarian So- 
ciety which bore that name — " Church Green Society." The narrow pas- 
sage way just below Devonshire on Summer street was the path to Mr. 
Parsons' barn, and is the only landmark now remaining of his home there. 

In the year 1801, the subject of our sketch being then 55 years of age, 
carried out his declared intention of returning to his native town and buy- 
ing the Dummer place. Deeds recorded in Salem court house attest to the 
fact that the first piece of land purchased by him in connection with this 
farm, was bought from Richard Dummer and wife under date of Sept. 10th 
of that year. The next parcels of land were bought from Shubael Dum- 
mer and wife and Simeon Danforth and wife, under dates of June 3d and 
4th, 1803. Other deeds of land purchased by him are recorded in the same 
place. The present mansion was built by Mr. Parsons in 1802, as evi- 
denced by the discovery, during late repairs, of coins of that date beneath 
hearth-stones of the main house and cottage adjoining, which latter was 
built for a seed house, having originally many small rooms divided into 
compartments for the storage of farm products in that line. 

A humorous description of the raising of the mansion is given by Miss 
Sarah Ann Emery in her "Reminiscences of a Nonogenarian," which has 
been substantiated by several aged residents of Newbury, who were pres- 
ent at the memorable scene, some of whom were among those so uncere- 
moniously precipitated into the cellar at the beginning of the musical 
exercises of the occasion, and who were afterward rewarded by Mr. Tar- 
sons for injury to clothing by the gift of silk dress patterns and material 
for new coats. 

vol. l. 6* 

62 Fben Parsons and Fatherland Farm. [Jan. 

The house and other buildings being completed, the owner set about im- 
proving the premises by the building of solid walls of hewn stone which 
was brought in vessels from Cape Ann quarries to Newburyport, and thence 
transported by gundalows over Parker River to the farm. These walls were 
built seven feet in height and three feet wide, with a foundation of propor- 
tionate strength beneath the surface. Gate-posts of hammered granite 
were set deep into the earth at all openings in the massive walls, these, and 
the many-barred wooden gates which swung between, being furnished with 
wrought iron hinges, latches and staples of gigantic size, secured by mam- 
moth padlocks, the keys to which were each attached to a large slip of brass 
or wood on which was inscribed the name of the particular gate to which 
it belonged. These keys were kept in a portable mahogany closet made 
for the purpose, and which is now in the possession of the writer, as also 
some of the ancient, ponderous keys, though the gates to which they were 
the open sesame — like the strong hands that operated them — have long 
since crumbled to decay. Well-curbs and troughs were constructed from 
the same staunch material as the walls and gate posts, these being fastened 
into shape by huge bolts of copper soldered into openings drilled in the 
stone for the purpose. 

Meanwhile improvements on the land were going on, and during the 
years of 1808 and 1809 a marshy tract on the northern side of the farm 
was reclaimed, or manufactured into a fertile field by means of a very stout 
wall, impervious to water, being constructed along the margin of the Falls 
River at this point, and the entire space of bog filled in with stones and 
gravel, topped with loam, all of which ingredients were respectively drawn 
from neighboring premises by ox-team, and spread into level space by hand 
labor. The name of this new-made portion of the farm was Sewall's Point, 
as given in old letters of Mr. Parsons to his foreman, Jeremiah Allen, un- 
der whose supervision the work was carried on. The owner was then re- 
siding in his Boston home, which was not given up until after the death of 
his wife, Sept. 10th, 1810. But frequent visits were made by himself and 
family to this country place, which, out of regard for his father's memory 
and love for his native town he had named Fatherland Farm. 

The journeys to Byfield were sometimes made by stage* over the old 
turnpike, but more frequently in his own family coach, with driver and 
footman in the old-time livery. These arrivals created not a little sensa- 
tion among the inhabitants of this rural district, as aged citizens of New- 
bury have enjoyed recalling and describing to the writer ; and marvellous 
tales they tell of boxes and bags of silver coin brought over the road by 
oxen, with which to recompence the army of artizans of various kinds em- 
ployed upon the premises. 

However this may have been we have reason to believe that vast sums 
of money were expended by the owners to bring this goodly heritage into 
the high state of cultivation and beauty in which it was left for the occu- 
pancy of the next tenant and heir. The record for 1814 shows that the 
farm taxes of Eben Parsons were $744.20, his real estate being valued at 
$16,400, and his personal property at $80,000. At this period Mr. Par- 
sons was a resident of Byfield, having removed hither soon after the de- 
cease of his wife. He was deeply interested in agriculture, and was a large 
contributor in many ways to the advancement of that science, using his 
commercial facilities in aid of this by the importation of fine breeds of cat- 
tle, sheep and swine, for the improvement of American stock, and by bring- 
ing from other countries various kinds of seeds, grain and grasses, as well 
as scions from foreign fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs. 

1896.] Eben Parsons and Fatherland Farm. 63 

He was fond of experiment in matters relating to farming, and while his 
efforts in this way might not all have been satisfactory to himself, they were 
in many instauces highly successful, results being such as to encourage 

Mr. Parsons was a man with ideas far ahead of the time in which he 
lived, and his opinions upon subjects connected with the pursuits in which 
he was engaged were often sought by men of the highest standing in com- 
mercial and agricultural affairs. Though not so renowned as his younger 
brother, the eminent jurist and chief justice of the commonwealth, yet he 
was possessed of great ability, and was probably as useful to the commu- 
nity in other ways as Theophilus was on the bench. 

Eben Parsons died in his country home Nov. 2, 1819, at the age of 74 
years. His remains, with those of other members of the family, rest in a 
tomb in the old Byfield cemetery, which was erected a year later by his son 
Gorham, agreeably to his father's intention. 

Of thirteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eben Parsons, this son was 
the only one who survived the years of childhood. Gorham Parsons was 
born in Gloucester, July 27, 1768. His early years were spent in that 
town and in Boston, excepting the time he was a pupil at Dummer Aca- 
demy. In April of 1790 he was married to Sarah, daughter of Capt. 
Thomas Parsons of Newburyport. After residing a few years in Boston 
he purchased a large and valuable estate in Brighton and made his home 
there, embellishing the place with lavish hand. Having inherited his 
father's fondness for agriculture he spared no pains in the cultivation of his 
farm, and in the production of choice fruits. He also contiuued the im- 
portation of fine cattle, sheep and swine. After the death of his father he 
kept up the Byfield farm in addition to the Brighton estate, but continued 
to reside at the latter place until after the death of Mrs. Parsons who pre- 
ferred the home there to Fatherland Farm. She passed away on the 8th 
of December, 1837, soon after which event that property was sold and Mr. 
Gorham Parsons came to Byfield to reside. Being afflicted with the gout 
in the last years of his life, he was unable to carry out many of his plans 
for improvements on the farm, but his interest in all matters pertaining to 
agriculture flagged not until the end. That he was a valued member of 
the Massachusetts Agricultural Society, many letters and documents from 
its officials attest, while numerous and valuable prizes awarded for fine spe- 
cimens of live stock and various agricultural products affirm the success of 
his efforts in that direction. 

Neither father nor son aspired to the holding of state or town office, 
though a document exists bearing the seal of the Commonwealth and signed 
by His Excellency John Brooks, under date of Feb. 23, 1819, appointing 
Ebenezer Parsons to be a Justice of the Peace in the County of Essex. 

Gorham Parsons died in the Byfield home in the month of September, 
1844, at the age of 76 years. As the union of himself and wife was not 
blessed with living offspring, Fatherland Farm was given by will of the 
owner, in 1842, to a grand-°nephew of his wife, who was also his own name- 
sake, Gorham Parsons Sargent, then a minor, and the son of Hon. Win- 
throp Sargent of Philadelphia, Pa., who had, a few years previously, ^re- 
moved his family from that city to the farm, in order to care for Mr. Par- 
sons in his declining days. 

The place was appreciatively occupied by the Sargents until the spring 
of 1862, when it passed into the hands of Benjamin F. Brown of Waltham, 
who, in July following, sold it by public auction to his nephew, Benjamin 

64 Sir Nathaniel Bacon. [Jan. 

B. Poole of Newbury, under whose fifteen years of occupancy the premises 
suffered deterioration to a lamentable degree. 

From this condition of things the next owner, Jacob B. Stevens of Pea- 
body, who came into possession of the place, by purchase, in the autumn of 
1877, sought earnestly to retrieve the old estate, but his ability not being 
equal to the desire in this direction, he decided to part with the property, 
and thus, in October of 1881, Fatherland Farm came into the possession of 
one of the same blood, if not of the same name as its original founder; 
one to whom the old place is doubly dear from the association of visits 
made to it in earlier years, when, to her childish fancy, it seemed a very 
Paradise on earth, and from the fact that, in later years, it was a love gift 
to her from the one nearest and dearest to her in life. 

Note. — Mrs. Alexander B. Forbes, the present owner of Fatherland Farm, is 
a direct descendant of Rev. Moses Parsons, through his daughter Susanna. 
Mr. Forbes is a native of Brechin, Scotland, and came to this country in 1857 
to take a position in the store of George Turnbull & Co. in Boston, where he 
remained until the spring of 1866, when, with a brother clerk, also a Scotchman, 
he w T ent into business for himself in Springfield, under the firm name of Forbes 
& Smith, but which was in a few years changed to Forbes & Wallace. This 
firm was one of the founders of the Syndicate Trading Company of New York 
City, which has established agencies in the leading cities in Europe, and whose 
members are prominent dry-goods merchants in the principal cities of this 

Mr. Forbes has expended a great amount of money in the efforts to restore 
the old farm to its pristine state of elegance, though his tastes have led him to 
embellish the place with a stud of beautiful equine specimens, rather than the 
cattle, sheep and swine which Mr. Parsons delighted in raising. He has also 
built extensive greenhouses for the cultivation of favorite flowers, while still 
keeping up the olcl-time garden terraces of bloom " lying sunward," as described 
by T. Buchanan Read in a local poem. But the principal attraction of the place 
lies in the old-time mansion itself, with its setting of extensive green lawn on 
all sides, shaded with lofty elms, maples, accasia and evergreen trees, which 
impart an atmosphere of rest and enjoyment, such as no modern structure in 
never so elegant surroundings can afford. 


Communicated by Capt. Charles Hervey Townshend, of New Haven, Ct. 

The following abstract was made by me in pencil from the 
original at Henden, Midsx, Eng., April 8th, 1886, at the house 
of Wm. Ansel Day, Esq., Solicitor for the Marquis Townshend, 
and as the original was in Sir Nathaniel Bacon's handwriting and 
the name Whiting appearing, it occurred to me that I had read 
somewhere how the Rev. Samuel Whiting of Lynn, Mas3., had 
been wronged by a forged Deed before his coming to New Eng- 
land, and so made this abstract for future reference. 

" Remembrance made by Sir Nathaniel Bacon of Stif key Norfolk Knt." 
No date.* 

* He was buried at Stifkey, Norfolk, Nov. 7th, 1622.— c. h. t. 

1896.] Ezelciel Rogers, Roger Williams and Jane Whalley. 65 

" Petition from Thomas Acheson against John Johnson, Guardian for 
John Dean against whom the Petition to the King was drawn." All in Sir 
N. B.'s hand as follows. C. h. t. 

" A remembrance of things that passed at Saxthorp Norf. at the meet- 
ing of Sir Charles Hayden, Sir Nathaniel Bacon Kts. and others." 

It seems that Thomas Acheson and his brother Robert Acheson [Query, 
is the name Atkinson ?] disposed of a messeauge and 25 acres of land in 
Hau worth of which Thomas Acheson was Lesee ; to one Whiting by means 
of a Deed forged by Parson Flegg (minister), Robert Acheson having no 
interest in the house whatsoever. An attempt to make Whiting produce 
the Deed in court for inspection was made. Whiting assigned the house 
to John Dean, who was committed for contempt for refusing to produce the 
Deed in court for such a use. 

[The names Henry Whiting and Water or Walter Whiting appear, but 
the papers show they were not the Whiting mentioned. There were sev- 
eral ministers mentioned in the original remembrance.* C. H. t.] 



George Alan Lowndes, Esq., M.A., of Barrington Hall, Hat- 
field, Broad Oak, Essex, England, contributed in 1878-9 to the 
Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society, an article entitled 
"The History of the Barrington Family." The article appeared in 
the New Series of the Transactions, vol. i., pp. 251-273, and vol. 
ii., pp. 3-64. 

Joan, the wife of Sir Francis Barrington, the first baronet of the 
name, was the daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell and aunt of the 
Protector Cromwell. Much information about the prominent Puri- 
tan families, found in Mr. Lowndes's articles will interest New Eng- 
land readers. We copy the following : — 

Lady Barrington's sister Elizabeth married Mr. Hampden of Hampden, 
and was the mother of the celebrated John Hampden. A few of her letters 
to her sister are preserved, and one from her son to Sir Thomas Barrington, 
dated June 9th, 1643, nine days before he received the wound, of which he 

Lady Barrington had much correspondence with Clergymen of the Pur- 
itan party, and the way in which they wrote to her pressing their opinions 
upon her, inquiring into the state of her soul, asking her to probe her con- 
science, admonishing, chiding, and sometimes encouraging her, is very strik- 

One of these gentlemen, Mr. Ezekiel Rogers, to whom Sir Francis Bar- 
rington had presented the living of Rowley in Yorkshire, was cited by the 
Archbishop of York, for some ecclesiastical fault, and had to give up his 

* Among the names in other Bacon and Townshend papers, Scottow Coke, Newgate, 
Symonds, Man, Buttolph, Goodwin, Cobbet, King, Dean, Firman, Doughty, Mason, 1 Inl- 
lips, Yates, Whiting, Whitfield, Ramsey, Palphry, Goddard, Burwell. 

6Q Ezehiel Rogers, Roger Williams and Jane Whalley. [Jan. 

living, and he soon afterwards went to New England. He had been Chap- 
lain to Sir Francis's family at Hatfield, and after he was settled at Rowley, 
he frequently wrote to Lady Barrington, and after a short time stated his 
fears, that she did not attend, as diligently as she ought to do, to the state 
of her soul. He drew up and pressed upon her, some rules for self exam- 
ination, and pointed out to her also, how, and for what she ought to pray. 
He further insinuated, that since he had left Hatfield, he feared she did not 
confine herself, as she was bound to do, if really wishing to be one of God's 
elect, to the company and conversation of those who were God's known 
servants. And, he must say, that he had observed, when paying a visit at 
Hatfield, that she was much wanting to herself in the choice of neighbours 
to associate with, and of acquaintances with whom she found intimacies. 
Many being persons who could not help her to find the Lord, or who, by 
experience could tell her what God had done to them for the salvation of 
their souls. That she ought to discard such acquaintances who would 
never be profitable to her either by precept or example. 

When Mr. Rogers left Rowley, he wrote to Sir Thomas Barrington, re- 
questing that he might name the person to succeed him in the living, and 
that if Sir Thomas would do so, he knew a way by which a bargain might 
be made, keeping clear of the law against simony, that he, Rogers, might 
enjoy the greater parts of the emoluments of the living for his life. To 
this Sir Thomas would not accede, and then Mr. Rogers accused him of de- 
clining to do so, merely that he might provide for a young man, a Mr. 
White, who had been tutor in Sir Thomas's family, and who, Rogers added, 
" was litale worthy of any such preferment," and who had not half the 
claims upon Sir Thomas that he himself had. 

After his arrival in America, in his letters to Sir Thomas Barrington, he 
accused him of withholding from him the sum of £200, which he stated 
had been promised to him when he left Rowley, not for giving up the liv- 
ing, but for repayment of money he said he had laid out on alterations to 
the parsonage house there. On Sir Thomas demurring to make this pay- 
ment, Rogers pressed most strongly for it, declaring that it was his right, 
as it had been positively promised to him. And that he was ready to 
make oath of the fact, adding however that he had not any. witness to cor- 
roborate him, as the promise was made in a private conversation, and say- 
ing he wondered how that a man of quality would deny what was due, con- 
cluding thus — 

Ah Sir, you are now about censuring the Hierarchy for persecuting of us : 
and shall I suffer in this way by my frend, and doe you think this faire towards 
(I say not a frend of 33 years standing) but an Exile for Jesus Christ ? if you 
that are Reformers, be not exact in yo r walking with God in holiness and Right- 
eousnes, my feares for you will be increased, Sir, my God hath kept me in all 
my dayes to my gray haires, & I beleeve I shall not w r ant, but take you heed, 
you give me not cause to complane to God of you, for I beleeve he will heare. 

He continued this strain of violent accusations even after Sir Thomas 
Barrington's death, in letters to Mr. Kendall, the steward at Hatfield, and 
appealed to him as to the justice of his claim; this claim, however Mr. 
Kendal] never allowed to be due. The whole of this correspondence is in- 
terlarded with religious sentences and quotations from the Bible. 

Another Clergyman, Roger Williams, chaplain to Sir William Masham, 
paid his addresses to a neice of Lady Barrington's, and wrote to her Lady- 
ship on the subject. She objected to the marriage, and Mr. Williams soon 
after addressed to her one of the most extraordinary letters in the whole 
collection. Some extracts from it are here given. 

1896.] Ezekiel Rogers, Roger Williams and Jane Whalley. 67 

Mr. Lowndes gives extracts from this letter, but as the whole 
of it and the other letter referred to have been printed in the Reg- 
ister, we omit it. They were furnished by Mr. Lowndes in 1889, 
and were printed in the number for July of that year, pages 316- 
320. We did not know of this article then or we should have re- 
ferred to it. 

This gentleman's zeal (sharpened probably by his disappointment) seems 
entirely to have overmastered his discretion, and Lady Barrington (as 
might be expected) was so greatly offended by this letter, that it was a long 
time before she would see or have any intercourse with Mr. Williams, al- 
though both Sir William and Lady Masham wrote to her on the subject 
trying to excuse him, and stating that it was only his ardent love of religion 
that made him address her as he had done. The two gentlemen above 
named are the most remarkable of Lady Barrington's clerical correspon- 
dents. There are many letters from other divines written in a most earnest, 
zealous and true Christian spirit. 

Mr. Lowndes gives letters from her brother-in-law, Richard 
Whalley, father of Maj.-Gen. Edward Whalley, a member of the 
High Court of Justice and a signer of the death warrant of Charles 
I. The wife of Richard Whalley was Frances Cromwell, a sister 
of Lady Barrington. "Mrs. Whalley, at her death," says Mr. 
Lowndes, "left a large family, the eldest of which was [her] daugh- 
ter Mary who was brought up under the care of her aunt, and after- 
wards married Sir Thomas Eliot. A younger sister, Jane, lived 
with Lady Barrington, and married a clergyman by the name of 
[William] Hook, who had the living of Upper Clatford in Hamp- 
shire. She often wrote to Lady Barrington, her letters are curious 
and amusing." One of these is as follows : — 

To the hon ble and my much 

esteemed Lady, the Lady 

Johan Barrington 

at Hatfield Broad 

Oake this be d d 
Good Madam, 

It doth much rejoyce my harte to heare that it hath pleased God 
to recouever your Lady Ship of your great could for the which I desire aa 
my duty bindes me unto you to give God most humble and harty thankes. 
Madam I would not have been thus long ere I had retourned a leter of true 
thankfullnes had I not been preuented by weaknes and sicknes, for when 
good man Kfng was gone to hatfield at that time, Mr. Hook and I were 
scared in the night (as we thought by theues) that Mr. Hook lost his voyce 
that I thought would never com againe, and myselfe toke such a frite that I 
was fane to keepe my bed two dayes together — but now it has pleased God 
to reueale unto us the author of our frite which was our maide in letting in 
young fellowes into the house at unseasonable howers to riot with them both 
with our beare and bread ; indede we did little suspect her because she came 
up to help us to call out theues. I thank God that she is gon for I have 
since her departure saued a peck of meale a weeke besides other tinges. 

68 Warnings from Dorchester, [Jan. 

good madam, I give unto your Ladi Ship my most humble and hearty 
thankes for so much linuin received from you by William King, i did little 
thinke to have received such a larg extent of your Ladishipes loue. I con- 
fes that I have com short of deserving any thing, good madam I beseech 
you pray for me for I am brout very low through the hand of God, my ague 
dos yet contingu and begins to renew its strength, oh that it may please 
God to renew my inward graces of his ho]y Spirit in me which is more 
worth than x thousand worldes. I must be fane to cut of before I am will- 
ing, becase I am troubled with a grevious pane in my back. I am exceed- 
ing glad to hear of your Ladi ships health, I pray God of his mercy to 
contiugu it my pore prayers shall alluaie be for the same. 

I remaine 

Your pore unworthy servant 
Jane Hook. 

Mrs. Jane Hooke and her husband came to New England. He 
was the first pastor of the church at Taunton, in Plymouth colony. 
He left there about 1644 and became a colleague of Rev. John Da- 
venport at New Haven. Mrs. Hooke returned to England in 1654, 
and her husband followed in 1656, and became chaplain to Crom- 
well. Two of his sermons are reprinted in Emery's Ministry of 
Taunton. There is good reason for thinking that Jane Whalley 
was the neice of Lady Barrington, whose hand was sought by Roger 
Williams. [See Register, vol. xlv., pages 70-81.] 

Mrs. Hooke's brother, Maj.-Gen. Edward Whalley, and his son- 
in-law, Col. William Goffe, both regicides, found a refuge in New 
England, a few years after she left these shores. Their story is 
well known. 


Copied by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston. 

May 8, Clark Frisell at house of Edward Wiat. 
July 27, Sarah Lobkin at "ye Ministerial House." 

Sarah Knop (Knapp ?) widow " often at house of Joseph Maud- 


April 11, Peter Warren, house of Ralph Pope, (late of Milton) 
May 16, Francis Negro & Ziporah his wife, house of Benjamin Everen- 

May 16, John Stebbins and wife, house of Capt. Isaac Royal. 
May 16, Sarah Green wife of Joseph Green "a souldier at Castle Wil- 
liam " house of Capt. Oliver Wiswell. 
Elizabeth Anderson, honse of Jonathan Chandler. 
George Parterick, house of John Cox Senior. 




















1896.] Warnings from Dorchester, 69 

Aug. 31, Solomon Hewes notified Selectmen that Jonathan Chadock of 
Lyme " is come into Mr. Bats his house with his famly a wife 
and four small children they have not so much as a bed to ly 
on or pot or kettle or anything."—" They belong to Dorches- 
ter! that house was not set of to Wreutham.' , 
Oct. 25 Constable was ordered to carry Jonathan Chadock 
with his family out of the town and deliver them to the Con- 
stable of the next town " in the way toward the town whence 
they Properly belong." 

Sept. 8, Thomas Mitchel " on the 5 th of August last" went to live with 
George Fayson. Certified by Payson. 

Philip Gray & wife Hannah, house of Jonathan Chandler. 

Thomas Wood, house of Jonathan Capen. 

Elizabeth Wheelwright, house of Samuel Capen, Jr. 

Ebenezer Dunton, house of Jacob Royal. 

Peter Warren, house of Samuel Robinson. 

John Miller and wife Margaret, house of John Stiles. 

David Rice, house of Samuel Robinson. 

Lydia Maccume, house of Francis Price. 

William Coyle and wife Elizabeth, house of James Barber. 

Nov. 20, John Jackson and wife, house of John Beighton. 

May 6, Elizabeth Chamberlain, house of William Weeks. 


Mch. 19, Elizabeth Ward wife of William Ward and her family, house of 

John Bird. 
Mch. 19, John Stroaheen and family, house of John Stiles. 
Mch. 16, Mercy Shaw and daughter Mercy, widow of Joseph, house of 

Edward Capen. 

Mch. 29, John Perry, house of Hezekiah Meroth. 
Mch. 29, Sarah Marshall, house of Nicholas Williams. 

April 6, Roger Wilson, house of Enoch Wiswell. 

June 21, Stephen Choate and family, house of John Cox. 
Dec. 20, John Mackfadden and wife. 


Jan. 19, Thomas Trott, Jr. wife and family. 

Jan. 22, Joseph Parsons and wife. 

June 26, Elizabeth Cock. 

Oct. 27, Alice Knight. 

Oct. 27, Archibald Mumcrief wife and family. May 8, 1739 " constable 
ordered to take them to Rox. where they belong." 

Feb. 25, John Glover, Jr. 

VOL. L. 7 

70 Notes and Queries. [Jan. 


Jan. 19, John Evans, house of Benjamin Merifield. (Feb. 24 the con- 
stable could not find him.) 

Jan. 19, Jane Jucee, house of Zechariah Trescott. 

Nov. 24, Joseph Parsons, house of Robert Field. Mch. 28, 1741 he 
refused to depart and constable was ordered to convey him to 
Roxbury and thence to Boston where he belonged. 

Nov. 24, Katherine Roke and children, house of Benjamin Everenden. 

Nov. 24, Mary Marks, house of John White. 

Jan. 3, Benjamin Jordan, Jr., house of Samuel How. 
Sept. 25, Mary Clark wife of Samuel Clark and children, house of Sarah 


Jan. 7, Gurnel Price wife and family, house of Mary Plymton. 

Jan. 7, Mary Jones, house of Joshua Sever. 

April 28, Mary Perkins, house of Samuel Sever. 

Jnue 14, Stillbole alias Lucum Minot, house John Beighton. 

April 5, Mary Jones of Boston, house of Ebenezer Withington. 
July 6, Rebecca Whitemore of Charlestown, house of Ebenezer Maud- 

Dec. 7, Elisabeth Baset of Boston, house of John Bradley, Jr. 



Hon. James Walker Austin. — The Boston Evening Transcript of October 
30, 1895, the day after the funeral of Judge Austin — whose necrology will be 
found in this number, pages 82-83 — contains the following tribute to him : — 

"After religious services at his late residence yesterday [Oct. 29] the mortal 
part of our dear friend, James Walker Austin, was laid to rest in the cemetery 
at Forest Hills. We shall behold his face no more, nor be welcomed by his 
cordial smile, but the memory of his virtues and of his useful life will ever be 
sweet and precious. 

In every relation of his long and active life he was an example to be imi- 
tated and followed. Sincerity, truthfulness and frankness spoke in every accent 
of his voice, in the pressure of his hand, in his manly and gentle spirit. His 
affections, when once placed, were deep and lasting. His charity of thought 
and feeling and act seemed instinctive, but it rested on solid and enduring prin- 

No one who knew him intimately in public or in social life could ever doubt 
that he was a mau of positive opinions, or that he had any hesitancy, when 
occasion required, in expressing them ; but he never unduly pressed his own 
views, and was eminently tolerant of the opinions, and even the prejudices, of 
his associates. While no man loathed selfishness, deceit, or treachery more 
than he, he condemned the act and pitied the offender. He avoided controversy, 
and strove to be a peacemaker. 

After more than twenty years of acquaintanceship — for many years seeing 
him almost daily — the writer of these lines does not recall an instance of hear- 

1896.] Notes and Queries. 71 

ing Judge Austin utter a censorious remark upon any man or woman. And it 
is said that this temper and manner characterized him through his entire career 
—in his boyhood days, at the university, at the bar, on the bench, and in all the 
various associations of his life, — public, social and domestic. 

But who can adequately express in words the prompt and unfailing sympathy 
he manifested for every form of woe and suffering? To many hearts surcharged 
with sorrow his ready and tender ministries have been a source of hope and 
courage, of comfort and of strength. 

In his biographical sketch of his father, Hon. William Austin, prefixed to a 
volume of 'Literary Papers' of the last named, published in 1890, he says: 
1 My father died in my boyhood, and now, after fifty years, his pleasant smile, 
his kind heart, and the light of his countenance are still living memories/ 
Truly, the father was reproduced in the son. 

He was, indeed, a rare man, and the world i3 poorer now that he has left us. 

Albert H. Hoyt." 

God sifted a whole Nation. — William Stoughton, in his Election Sermon, 
April 29, 1668, entitled "New England's True Interest," printed at Cambridge 
in 1670, uses this striking figure of speech, " God sifted a whole Nation that he 
might send choice G-rain over into this Wilderness.'" It has often been quoted. 
But when and by whom was attention first drawn to it? It may interest our 
readers to see the whole of the paragraph in which it occurs. We quote from 
pages 16 of the first edition and 19 of the second; it is as follows : 

" And then in the last place, As to New-Englands first wayes ; what glorious 
things might here be spoken, unto the praise of free-grace, and to justifie the 
Lords Expectations upon this ground? Surely God hath often spoke concern- 
ing His Churches here, and in Jer. 2. 2. 1 remember the kindness of thy youth, &c. 
O what were the open Professions on the Lords people that first entred this 
Wilderness? How did our Fathers entertain the Gospel, and all the pure insti- 
tutions thereof, and those Liberties which they brought over? What was their 
Communion and Fellowship in the Administrations of the Kingdome of Jesus 
Christ? What was the pitch of their Brotherly love of their Zeal for God and 
his Wayes, aud against wayes destructive of Truth and Holiness? What was 
their Humility, their Mortification, and their Exemplariness? How much of 
Holiness to the Lord was written upon all their wayes and transactions? God 
sifted a whole" Nation that he might send choice Grain over into this Wilder- 

Nicholas Brown.— In volume II. of the manuscripts of the Rhode Island 
Historical Society are several papers relating to Captain Thomas Cheney's com- 
pany, raised in Massachusetts for the 'expedition against Canada. The paper, 
numbered 364, is entitled : " A State of the Pay of the Non-Commission Officers 
& Private Men of Cap* Thomas Cheney's Company in the Regiment of Foot of 
w ch the Hon ble Brig r Genl Dwight is Colonel, rais'cl in the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay for His Majesty's Service for an Expedition against Canada 
in 1746, & dismissed from said service 31 Octo r 1747," which precedes a list of 
the names of the soldiers, the number of days' service and each man's full pay. 
The names are as follows : — 

George Watkins, Sam 1 Scott, Andrew Stephens, William Chub, sergeants ; 
Nath. Williams, Samuel Loomis, Aaron Ashley, Philip Bacon, corporals; George 
Harris, Cotton Fletcher, drum rs ; John Allen, Joseph Altenson, Samuel Bryan, 
Nicholas Brown, William Bancroft, Jonathan Ballard, Nathaniel Bacon, Abra- 
ham Bass, David Bishop, John Church, Isaac Corbin, Jonathan Church, Jabez 
Corbin, Stephen Coller, Stephen Corbin, Eliphalet Carpenter, Abel Drake, 
Samuel Dewey, Samuel Davison, Nathan Davis, Benj n Dike, Josiah Davis, Wil- 
liam Edmonds, Azariah Ferry, John Franklin, Joshua Gary, Ebenezer Gale, 
Jonathan Gleason, Ebenezer Holden, William Hodges, Armour Hamilton, 
Simeon Hitchcock, William Halley, Thomas Higgins, Joseph Hall, Elisha Hatch, 
Samuel Hains, Benajah Hall, John Hallowell, Benjamin Harris, Benjamin Howes, 
Benjamin Hide, Nathan 1 Harrington, Samuel Jackson, Daniel Jackson, Ebenezer 
Jaques, Robert Keyes, William Loomis, Aaron Loomis, John Lafelen, John 
McDaniel, John McLain, Peter Marshall, James Maceright, William Man, WU- 

72 Notes and Queries. [Jan. 

liam Mullin, William Negro, Cuffe Negro, Samuel Negro, Jonathan Olds, John 
Perkins, Christopher Perkinson, Gideon Pratt, Samuel Pegan, John Polley, 
John Rolfe, Paul Rich, Ephraim Rice, John Richardson, Benj a Robertson, Elisha 
Spencer, Benoni Sacket, Ephraim Stiles, Ephraim Smith, Joseph Sweatman, 
Samuel Stevens, Benj a Sacket, Thomas Stevens, Junr., Ebenezer Say ward, 
John Stacey, Steven Stringer, Benj a Scott, John Turner, Elijah Town, John 
Vene, Thomas Webster, Samuel Warfield, William Wakefield, John Woodberry, 
Joseph Wait. 

Can any one inform me who is the Nicholas Brown in the above list? The 
name is the same as that of my paternal great-grandfather, born in Providence 
in 1729. He lived there all his life, and I can find no mention of his military 
service, but think it possible that in view of the great interest felt throughout 
the colonies in the war against the French he may have joined a Massachusetts 
company. I shall be very grateful to any one who can offer me any suggestions 
or aid me in establishing the identity of this Nicholas Brown. 

Providence, B. I. John Nicholas Brown. 

Yale. — Savage says that the widow Yale, who married Gov. Theopolis Eaton, 
was a daughter of Bishop Moreton of Chester. Said bishop died at the age of 
93 without children, and was never married. Yale married daughter of Bishop 
Llovd of Chester ; his widow married Governor Eaton. 

33 West 32d Street, New York. Byam K. Stevens. 

Ingalls Ancestry. — In the opening pages of the History of Lynn, Mass., 
by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, appears the following : " The first 
white men known to have been inhabitants of Lynn were Edmund Ingalls and 
his brother Francis Ingalls." " A record preserved in the family of the former 
says, 'Mr. Edmund Ingalls came from Lincolnshire, in England, to Lynn, in 
1629.' " As this Edmund Ingalls was one of my ancestors, I have been desirous 
of learning something more concerning his ancestry than is conveyed in the 
above. When in Eugland this last summer, I spent a month in genealogical 
research, and obtained a considerable amount of information concerning a num- 
ber of New England families from whom I am descended ; information that has 
not been published in any records that I have seen, and which I conclude is not 
generally known. I went to Lincoln, and in searching through the old wills in 
the probate court attached to Lincoln Cathedral, I came upon the will of Boberi 
Ingalls of Skirbeck, undoubtedly the father of the above Edmund and Francis. 
I consider this to have been a fortunate find, as it conclusively certifies that they 
came from Lincolnshire, as stated in the History of Lynn, but also gives the 
continued line in England, and the place from whence they came. The will is 
as follows : — 

" In ye name of God, Amen. I, Robert Ingolls of Skirbeck, quarter of Skir- 
beck, in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, being sick of body but of good and 
perfect memorie, &c, &c. I give and bequeathe unto Elizabeth my wife during 
her natural life, &c. After her decease to Edmund my eldest sonne who was 
lawfully begotten. And for want of issue after Edmund's death to Robert, my 
second sonne, & for want of issue after his death to ffrancis my youngest 
sonne & failing issue to the natural heirs of me Robert Ingolls for ever. I give 
Robert Ingolls £20, and I give ffrancis Ingolls £30, both one year after my de- 
cease. I give my maid servant Anne Cleasbie £5, and £o all of Henry Cleasbie's 
children one ewe lamb. To every one of Cousin Henry's children one ewe lamb. 
I give to my brother Henry a black fleeced cowe. I give to the poor of Skir- 
beck 10 shillings. I give one half of the balance to Elizabeth my wife during 
her natural life & then all to Edmund to whom I leave one half at once." 
Wife Elizabeth & sonne Edmund are appointed Executors. Wm. Shinfold & 
Robt. Harrison are appointed Supervisors of the Will and he gives them 2s. 6d. 
each for their pains. The will is dated 12th of July 1617, and is signed Robert 
Ingolls his mark. The above is only partially an exact copy, avoiding needless 
repetition and such matter that was of little interest. 

The children of Edmund were : 1st, Robert (named after his grandfather, 
whose will is above); 2d, Elizabeth; 3d, Faith; 4th, John; 5th, Sarah; 6th, 
Henry (named after his great uncle, named in his grandfather's will) ; 7th, 
Samuel; 8th, Mary; 9th, Joseph. I am descended through Henry, the 6th 

1896.] Notes and Queries. 73 

child, and Mary Osgood; then through Capt. Samuel Ingalls and Mary Watts; 
then through John Haseltine of Chester, N. H., and Mary Ingalls; then James 
Haseltine of Haverhill, Mass., and Abigail Mooers (sister of Gen. Mooers of 
Revolutionary fame) ; and then John Haseltine of Philadelphia and Haverhill, 
and Elizabeth Stanley Shinn. Can any one give me any information concerning 
the ancestry of Mary Watts, who married Capt. Samuel Ingalls? 

Another will which I should have included in this article is that of Henry 
Ingall, dated June 1st, 1555. In it he gives to his wife Johan. He also wills 
that his youngest children shall have every one £10, which was left to them 
(probably in the will of an earlier ancestor, which as yet I have not been able 
to find) . If any die before coming of lawful age that share to be divided 
amongst the rest. Gives to the maintenance of the high altar, 12cl. The bal- 
ance of his effects to be divided amongst his six children. Joan, wife, execu- 
trix. Names a sonne James, and brother-in-law Thos. Wytton. 

1416 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Charles F. Haseltine. 


Atwell— Maine. — I am anxious to obtain information of John Atwell and 
John Maine, settlers at Casco Bay between 1630 and 1640. I wish the maiden 
name of wife and names of children of John Atwell Sr. of Casco Bay, 1640 ; and 
of John Maine of Casco Bay, 1640. I wish also the name of husband of widow 
Hatwell, or Atwell, Casco Bay, 1657, who later married llichard Martine. 

15 East 49th Street, New York City. Francis H. Markoe, M.D. 

Thomas White admitted to the church at Charlestown, March 22, 1668 ; mar- 
ried Nov. 17, 1663, Mary the daughter of William Frothingham who came from 
Yorkshire, Eng., in 1630; died Sept. 30, 1716, in 80th yr. g. s., so he was born 
about 1636. Children : Thomas, b. Oct. 15, 1664 ; m. Sarah Rand. William, 

b. Sept. 12, 1667; m. Mercy . Samuel, b. Oct. 24, 1669; m. Anne . 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 28, 1671 ; m. Joseph Sweetser. Any information relating to 
him previous to his appearance in Charlestown would be greatly appreciated. 

A. H. 

Perry Irish. — Information of the ancestry of Perry Irish, who was a soldier 
in the War of 1812. Enlisted at Rensselaerville, N. Y., Aug. 24, 1812. Was 
married to Amanda Farwell at Murray, N. Y., in 1817. He died at Murray, 
N. Y., Jan. 17, 1841. When was he born ? Who were his parents? M. C. C. 

Winn. — Information wanted of the ancestry of John Winn, birth unknown, 
died Jan. 8, 1827, near Newburgh, N. Y. Where was he born? Who were his 
parents? He had two sons, — perhaps others — Isaac and Steven. Isaac was 
born April 4, 1791. Where was he born? He died near Satten, N. Y. Isaac 
married Elizabeth Smith of Montgomery, N. Y. She died at the house of her 
daughter Mrs. Louis Rhodes, at Milton, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1835. Who were Eliza- 
beth Smith's parents? M. C. C. 

Allen. — Information wanted of the ancestors of Benjamin Allen of 
Charlestown, No. 4. He married Peggy Spofford (or Spafford) daughter of 
Capt. John Spofford, one of the earliest settlers of Charlestown. The 
children of Benjamin and Peggy (Spofford) Allen were : Eunice, born Aug. 4, 

1753; married Rogers of Orford. Olive, b. Jan. 5, 1755; m. Simon 

Church. Lucy, b. March 28, 1758; m. Walter Geer. Asa Spofford, b. Nov. 22, 
1762 ; m. Polly Furgurson. Nathan, b. May 4, 1768 ; m. Deborah Farwell. Pru- 
dence, b. May 14, 1769 ; m. Isaac Farwell. Benjamin, b. June 1, 1770 ; m. Beulah 
Temple. Abigail, b. Feb. 8, 1774; m. Jesse Farwell. Caleb, b. April 11, 1776; 
soldier in War of 1812. Fanny, b. May 3, 1779; m. Joseph Burt of Windsor, 
Vt., died in New York State at the age of 90. M. C. C. 

Address, M. C. C, care N. E. Hist. Gen. Soc, 18 Somerset St., Boston. 

Dudley.— Wanted, the ancestry of Abigail Dudley, daughter of William and 
Mary (Roe) Dudley, who was born at Say brook, Conn., May 24, 1667; married 
John Kent of Suffleld, May 9, 1680, and died at Suffleld October 26, 17— (?). 

Xenia, Q. (Miss) Emma C King. 

74 JSTotes and Queries, [Jan. 

Leonard, Washburn, Ames, &c:— 1. Who was Elizabeth Leonard, wife of 
James Washburn, 1720? 

2. Who were the parents of Michael, Benjamin and Cheney Ames, brothers, 
born about 1750 to 1760? 

3. Also of Sarah Ames, who married Stephen Ives of New Haven, 1769? 
She was born 1751. 

4. Who was Esther Benedict, married Joseph Ives of Wallingford, 1697? 
Waterbury, Conn. K. A. Prichard. 

Thomas Merritt was a resident of Rye, N. Y., in 1673. Constable 1684; 
commissioner of Indian purchases 1694; vestryman 1694; on committee to 
select a minister 1697; on committee to obtain a charter for Bye 1697; deputy 
to the General Court at Hartford 1699 ; on committee to settle the White Plains 
line in 1702, and the line between Rye and Greenwich 1707 ; on grand jury 
1713-16. Sold land to Samuel Merritt in 1720. His second wife, married in 
1688, was Abigail daughter of Robert Francis of Wethersfield. He had four 
sons — Thomas, Joseph, Ephraim and Samuel — living in 1699. I should like to 
know the names of his parents and his first wife; also the dates of his birth 
and death and the births of his sons. Douglas Merritt. 

Leacote, Bhinebeck, N. Y. 

Hubbard Queries. — 1. In 1719 Daniel and Josiah Blodgett, brothers, went 
from Woburn, Mass., to Stafford, Conn., were among the first settlers of that 
place. Can any one give their descendants? 

2. Among the untracecl Hubbards in the new Hubbard history appear the fol- 
lowing: Old South Church records — Lazarus Hubbard to Jane Vodin, Oct. 9, 
1702, by Cotton Mather; Lazarus Hubbard to Mary Harron, March 7, 1744. I 
would like to know the connection, if there is any, between these and the Laza- 
rus Hubbard of Methuen, who had wife Abigail and children : Thomas, b. 1770 ; 
Isaac, b. 1772; Joanna, b. 1775; and Jacob, b. 1777. Would also like Abigail's 
name and ancestry. Mrs. Chas. L. Harmon. 

312 Pratt Street, Manchester, N. JS. 

Huntington. — Wanted, the ancestry of Hannah Huntington, who married 
Nathan Pitch of Lebanon, Conn., June 19, 1725, and died February 1, 1738. 
Xenia, O. (Miss) Emma C. King. 


George's Island. — In the Register, 1879, vol. 33, p. 442, Notes and Queries, 
I find this Query by Hon. Joseph W. Porter: " George's Island.— How early 
was this island called by its present] name, and how did it derive its name? 
May it not have been Gorges? " 

Mr. Porter probably means the group of islands called " St. George's islands " 
at the mouth of the St. George's river. No particular island in this group is 
called "George's Island." When Capt. George Waymouth in 1605 established 
his " Penticost Harbor" between these islands, he gave a name to but one, where 
he wooded and watered and set up his first cross, this he called Insula sancti 
cruce, " Because here we set up our first cross." Champlain passed it five days 
after Waymouth left, and named it "LaNeff," stating that it was ten leagues 
from the mouth of the Kennebec. In the year 1607 the ship " Mary and John" 
of the Popham expedition commanded by Capt. Gilbert (having separated at 
the Azores from her companion ship the "Gift of God," Capt. Popham) came to 
anchor under this island where he found Waymouth's cross, and called it " St. 
George " in honor of its first discoverer George Waymouth, and the name has 
since been given to the whole group collectively, as well as to the river near 
by, that Waymouth explored. Capt. Waymouth gave the name " St. George" 
to the island lying far out to sea, Monhegan. Waymouth's christening of this 
island did not survive, it still retains its Indian name " Monhegan." The island 
that Waymouth called sancti cruce is supposed to be either the present " Allen's " 
island, or " Burnt" island. Geo. Prince. 

Boston, Mass. 

1896.] Notes and Queries, 75 

Maverick. — Let me correct an error in my note in the October (1895) num- 
ber of the Register, upon Rev. John Maverick. Instead of living at Okehamp- 
ton, as I carelessly stated, Maverick was rector of Beaworthy, a parish about 
eight miles to the northwest of Okehampton. The present rector of Beaworthy, 
the Rev. F. A. Willis, LL.D., writes me, Sept. 25, 1895: "After searching the 
registers of this parish I have failed to find the name of Maverick in any of 
them, but this is hardly to be wondered at, as the date of his incumbency is so 
long ago as 1615." 

" Edmandus Arscotte" should read " Edmwndus." 

Through the continued kindness of the historian of Plymouth (R. N. Worth) 
I am enabled to announce the discovery of the place and time of the marriage 
of the Rev. John Maverick, and the name of his wife. The Ilsington register 
contains the entry of John Maverick's marriage to Mary Gye, October 28, 1600. 
" Guy," says Mr. Worth, " is not a name current in the locality, and her pres- 
ence in Ilsington is only reasonably explained by her marriage." 

New Castle, N. H. Frank W. Hackett. 

Thatcher.— Whilst recently scanning the parish registers of Hawkesbury, 
Gloucestershire, I met with the following baptism : Anne, daughter of Peter 
Thatcher, aged about 13, baptized 2 February, 1680. Possibly this Peter 
Thatcher may have been a collateral of Mr. Peter Thatcher, whose portrait 
appeared in the Register for January, 1883, and therefore it may be worth 
while to record this extract here. W. P. W. Phillimore. 

124 Chancery Lane, London, Eng. 

Historical Intelligence. 

Old Families of Amesbury and Salisbury. — David W. Hoyt, author of the 
Hoyt Family Genealogy and other genealogical papers, has collected much 
material for a genealogy of all the early settlers of Salisbury and Amesbury, 
with a few related families of Newbury and Haverhill. A complete genealogy 
covering this ground would include about one hundred and seventy-five different 
surnames. Very few of these have had any adequate genealogy published, and 
some of those few contain statements and dates which should be corrected. 
Mr. Hoyt has written out already the earlier generations of Challis, Chase, 
Clement, Colby, Currier, Davis, Fowler, Huntington, Martin, Morrill, Sargent, 
Wells, Williams, Worthen, and many others, including additions and corrections 
of some already printed. If sufficient encouragement is given, the book will be 
published. Subscriptions may be sent to David W. Hoyt, Providence, R. I., or 
to W. H. B. Currier, Amesbury, Mass. Price, $5. 

History of Danbury, Ct. — Mrs. Susan Benedict Hill has in preparation a 
history of this town, which will be published this winter or early in the spring. 
The work was begun by James M. Bailey (the Danbury News Man), but was 
left unfinished at his death in 1894. We feel confident that Mrs. Hill will 
make a careful and interesting book that will do honor to Danbury. It will be 
a volume of about 600 pages, with 150 illustrations. 

Graves Family Genealogy.— The first volume, containing a sketch of the 
family in England for 800 years, and genealogy of the family of Thomas Graves 
of Hartford, Conn., 1645, and of Hatfield, Mass., 1661, will be issued about the 
middle of January, 1896. It will be profusely illustrated with pictures of dis- 
tinguished men of the English and American family, coat-of-arms and crest, 
views of location of first settlers at Hatfield and Sunderland, Mass., and objects 
of interest. 

This work is being compiled by John C. Graves, member of the Buffalo His- 
torical Society, and can be obtained from him. His address is No. 32 Board of 
Trade Building, Buffalo, N. Y. Subscription price, §12 for the three volumes, 
or $5 for each volume if ordered separately. 

76 Notes and Queries, [Jan. 

Titles of Honor. — Under this title Hon. William Everett, LL.D., contributes 
to the New England Magazine for September last an article which we would 
advise all our readers to study. "No child of New England," says Dr. Everett, 
" can extend his reading or his observation to the history of Old England, with- 
out encountering titles and titled personages," and he proceeds in a clear and 
interesting manner to explain the various titles used which will prevent the use 
of them in an improper way. Many intelligent people often use titles of honor 
in a wrong sense. This article shows a thorough knowledge of a perplexing 
subject, and contains much curious and interesting information. 

Soldiers of King Philip's War. By the Bev. George 31. Bodge, A.M. — The 
first edition of this invaluable book was exhausted soon after its publication, 
and copies have been sold at more than double its original price. Yielding to a 
growing demand, shown by applications from Libraries, Historical Societies, 
and especially Genealogists and those interested in the " Society of Colonial 
Wars " and kindred organizations, the author has decided to issue a new and 
enlarged edition, for subscribers. Much new material has been accumulated 
since the first edition was issued ; and with great pains and difficult research, 
full lists of the grantees of the " Narragansett Townships" have been collected 
and will be published in this edition. These lists contain some sixteen hundred 
names and afford positive evidence of participation in the campaign against the 
Narraganset Indians, in which their great " Swamp Fort" was taken, December 
19, 1675. Important additional evidence is afforded in the fact that, in nearly all 
cases, the names of the heirs or assigns of the grantees are given, with their 
place of residence at the time of the granting of the townships, from 1733 to 
1736. Only a small edition will be printed. Terms &c. Price per volume, 
strongly bound in cloth, $5.00; half morocco, $6.00. Sent to subscribers, as 
soon as published, on receipt of price. Address Geo. M. Bodge, Leominster, 

Genealogies in Preparation. — Persons of the several names are advised to 
furnish the compilers of these genealogies with records of their own families 
and other information which they think may be useful. We would suggest that 
all facts of interest illustrating family history or character be communicated, 
especially service under the U. S. Government, the holding of other offices, 
graduation from college or professional schools, occupation, with places and 
dates of birth, marriage, residence and death. When there are more than one 
christian name they should all be given in full if possible. No initials should 
be used when the full names are known. 

Allen. — Frank Allen Hutchinson, Esq., 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell, Mass., 
has in preparation Genealogical Sketches of the Allen Family of Dedham and 
Medfield. The book will make about 100 pages and the price will be $3.00 in cloth. 

Beecher. — Mrs. Helen Beecher McGraw, 456 Russell Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 
is preparing a genealogy of the Beecher Family and will be pleased to hear from 
any one interested in the subject. 

Dickerman and Dickman. — A genealogy of the family descended from Thomas 
Dickerman of Dorchester, through his sons, Thomas of Maiden, Abraham of 
New Haven, and Isaac of Boston, is now nearly ready for publication. Com- 
munications may be sent to E. D. Dickerman, 15 Lake Place, New Haven, Conn., 
who invites correspondence from all persons interested in the work. 

Fisk and Fiske.— Fred C. Pierce, 161 Dearborn Street, Chicago, is compiling 
the genealogy of the descendants of the early residents of New England by the 
name of Fisk-Fiske. He has succeeded in tracing the family back to 1300 and 
has connected all the early emigrants in this country in one family. Persons 
by this name will confer a favor and assist him in his work by sending their 
names and addresses and such information as they may have of the family to 
him as above. 

Nevens.— William Nevens, Esq., of Falmouth, Maine, has now nearly ready 
for publication a Genealogical Record of the Nevens or Nevins Families of New 
England, including those of Palmer and Gloucester, Mass., and of Pelham and 
Hollis, N. H. Price, $4.50. 

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Prepared by the Historiographer, Rev. Ezra Hoyt Byington, D.D., of Newton, Mass. 

The sketches of deceased members prepared for the Register are of 
necessity brief, because the space that can be appropriated is quite limited- 
All the materials for more extended memoirs which can be gathered are 
preserved in the archives of the Society, and they will be available for use 
in preparing the " Memorial Biographies," of which five volumes have 
been issued and a sixth volume is in preparation. The income from the 
Towne Memorial Fund is devoted to the publication of these volumes. 

Hon. Henry Oscar Houghton, A.M., of Cambridge, a life member of this 
Society for the last ten years, was born in Sutton, a fine farming town in Cale- 
donia County, Vermont, April 30, 1823, and died quite suddenly in North Ando- 
ver, Mass., August 25, 1895. 

He was a descendant of the seventh generation, from John Houghton, who 
was born in Lancaster, England, who came to New England in the early years 
of the settlement of Massachusetts, and who died in 1684. The ancestral line 
was: John 1 , born in England; John 2 , Jr., born in Massachusetts in 1650; 
Jacob 3 , born 1674; Jacob 4 , Jr., born 1696; Abraham 5 , born 1725; William 6 , 
born in Bolton, Mass., March 23, 1774, who was the father of Henry Oscar. 

When he was ten years of age his parents moved to Bradford, Vt., where 
there was an excellent academy. His older brother had entered the University 
of Vermont, at Burlington, and his example furnished a stimulus to Henry to 
gain a liberal education. He attended the academy a few terms, and at the age 
of thirteen determined to go to Burlington, the college town, and learn the 
trade of a printer. He used to describe to his friends the setting out on this 
journey across the State by stage, to gain his first knowledge of the greater 
world beyond his rural home. He became an apprentice in the office of the 
Burlington Free Press (now a prosperous daily), and learned to set type. With 
the assistance of his brother, the apprentice boy was prepared for college. He 
saved from his earnings eighty dollars, with which he proposed to begin his 
course in college. The failure of his employer, just as he was ready to enter 
college, led to the loss of his small capital, and he entered the Freshman Class, 
at the age of nineteen, with only a shilling in his pocket. He went back to the 
printing office, and used every hour he could spare from his studies in earning 
his living. He was graduated in 1846, one of the best scholars in his class. 
He was at that time three hundred dollars in debt. His first effort was to earn 
money to pay this debt. Not succeeding in obtaining a position as a teacher 
he went to Boston and entered a printing office again. His first work there, it 
is believed, was to assist in reading the proofs of Professor Torrey's translation 
of Neander's Church History, which was then publishing by Crocker & Brews- 
ter. His classical knowledge fitted him to correct the Latin and Greek quota- 
tions. He made an engagement in the office of the Boston Evening Traveler, 
where he was employed in setting type, reading proof, and reporting public 
speeches. Three years later he was able to purchase the interest of one of the 
partners in the firm of Freeman & Bolles, at that time engaged in printing in 
Cambridge. After three years more the other partner retired, and the firm of 
H. O. Houghton & Company was formed. They oecupied an old building, 
which had been erected for an almshouse, on the banks of the Charles River, 
as their printing house. That was the starting point of the Riverside Press. 
Mr. Houghton determined to do better printing than had been done in this 
country. He imported his inks from England, and selected the better grades 
of paper, and did the proof reading himself. In these ways he obtained the 
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best work of the best publishers. Ticknor & Fields gave him a share of their 
printing. He printed the first number of the Atlantic Monthly, which was 
issued in 1857, — a magazine which he afterwards owned. 

In 1864 he determined to add to his business as a printer that of a publisher.- 
He formed a partnership with Mr. Hurd of New York, under the name of Hurd 
& Houghton. They brought out fine editions of Dickens, Bacon, Carlyle, Ma- 
caulay and others, and soon gained a high rank among publishers. The next 
step in his prosperity was secured by the union of his firm with that of J. R. 
Osgood & Company, in 1878, under the firm name of Houghton, Osgood and 
Company. Two years later Mr. Osgood retired, and the new firm of Houghton, 
Mifflin & Company was formed, which has continued to this -day. These firms 
have published the books of the foremost authors of New England : Longfel- 
low, Whittier, Holmes, Emerson, Lowell, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the others. 
This house has maintained the leading place among the publishers of New Eng- 
land. Mr. Houghton was from the first the leading spirit, his effort being to 
make books which should satisfy the literary and artistic sense of the best class 
of readers. 

The relations of Mr. Houghton with authors were very intimate. His office 
on Park Street became a gathering place for literary men. Dr. Holmes, Mr. 
Lowell, Mr. Aldrich, and some of the others were often seen there. It has 
been his custom to celebrate the seventieth birthday of the leading contributors 
to the Atlantic Monthly by a breakfast or a dinner, or a garden party, at which 
he gathered large numbers of his literary friends. Many will remember the 
Whittier dinner party, the Holmes breakfast, and the Stowe garden party. A 
few years since he gave a brilliant reception to the author of Tom Brown at 
Rugby, at which were present, Emerson, Holmes, Longfellow, John Fiske, 
James T. Fields, E. P. Whipple, T. B. Aldrich, Howells, Dr. Peabody, Josiah 
Quincy, C. F. Adams, Dr. Hale, and a number of other men of distinction. 

On his fiftieth birthday his co-partners and his employes presented to him 
a costly fountain, erected in front of the Riverside Press. On his seventieth 
birthday his employes presented him with a silver loving cup, with a beautiful 

His interest was not limited to his business. He was a good citizen, and gave 
much time to the interests of the public. He was elected a member of the Com- 
mon Council in Cambridge in 1868, and of the Board of Aldermen in 1869. His 
services were so acceptable that in 1872 he was chosen Mayor of Cambridge. 
He was one of the leaders in securing our present international copyright. For 
many years he was president of the Vermont Association in Boston. He culti- 
vated the acquaintance of those who had come from the State of his nativity. 
Some of the most delightful addresses he ever made were at the meetings of 
this Association. A year or two ago the Vermonters residing in Boston gave 
him a public dinner, at which he gave an interesting narrative of his early life 
in Vermont, and of his struggles with poverty while he was gaining his educa- 

He was a leading member of the Harvard Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
in Cambridge, and for almost thirty years superintendent of its Sunday School. 
He was known as a man of profound religious convictions, and of simple faith 
and trust. 

The great sorrow of his life was the death of his wife, April 13, 1891. Soon 
after her death he made an extended foreign tour, visiting not only the coun- 
tries of Europe, but Egypt and the Holy Land. 

He loved his business, and preferred it to any other. Ten years ago he said 
to a friend, that he would not chauge his place to become President of the 
United States. He had realized the ambition of his life in becoming a leading 
publisher of the best class of books. It was a special satisfaction to him that 
he had been able to carry the art of book-making to such perfection in this 
country. His success was due to his admirable taste and unwearied diligence. 

He was a corresponding member of the Vermont Historical Society, and he 
delivered an address at its annual meeting a year ago. He was also a member 
and an officer of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Wars. He has been 
a generous contributor to the funds of our own Society, and watched its growth 
with an intelligent interest. 

Mr. Houghton was married September 12, 1854, to Nancy Hyer Manning. 
He left one son, H. 0. Houghton, Jr., who is a member of the firm, and three 

1896.] Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society. 79 

William Wetmore Story, A.M., LL.B., D.C.L., of Rome, Italy, an hono- 
rary member of this Society, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, February 12, 
1819, and died in Vallambrosa, Italy, October 6, 1895. 

His father was Joseph Story, who was born in Marblehead, Mass., September 
18, 1779. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is 
accounted one of the greatest of American jurists. His grandfather, Dr. Elisha 
Story, was one of the famous "Boston Tea Tarty," and later was a valuable 
snrgeon in the army of Washington. His great grandfather, William Story, was 
Register in the Court of Admiralty at the time of the Revolution, and for years 
before. Of his earlier ancestors, Mr. Savage states that he has " not been able 
to find progenitors before Elisha, of the third generation preceding, who pro- 
bably came from England in the last year of William III." 

Mr. W. W. Story was graduated at Harvard in the famous class of 1838, and 
from the Law School, where he pursued his studies under the direction of his 
father, and of Professor Greenleaf, in 1841. For five years he devoted himself 
to his profession as a lawyer, and gave promise of a career as great as that of 
his father. He published, 1842-7, three volumes of reports of cases in the Cir- 
cuit Court of the United States for the First Circuit, and in 1844 a treatise on the 
law of contracts, and in 1847 a treatise on the law of sales of personal property. 
His health was broken by his intellectual work, and he went abroad to study 
art, and from that time devoted himself to sculpture and to literature. He is 
one of the small number of men who have been eminent in three departments 
of intellectual activity — the law, literature and art. 

His publications are too numerous to be named in this notice. In 1844 he 
delivered, at Harvard, a poem on Nature and Art, before the Phi Beta Kappa. 
In 1851 he published the Life and Writings of his father, in two volumes ; a vol- 
ume of poems in 1856 ; Roba di Roma, in 18G2 ; Graffiti d' Italia, 18G9 ; Tragedy 
of Nero, 1875 ; Excursions in art and letters, 1891 ; and a number of others, 
at various times between 1847 and 1891. 

He was a painter of no small merit; but his reputation in art depends chiefly 
upon his work as a sculptor. He received from the friends of Mr. Justice Story 
at the bar a commission to execute a statue of him as a memorial. He studied 
the works of the great artists at Rome as a preparation for this service. His 
statue, which is now in the chapel at Mount Auburn, represents his father, in 
his judicial robes, with a book in his hand. The likeness is said to be good, 
but there is little vigor in the work. 

Mr. Story resided in the old palace of the Barberini in Rome, and many of 
the members of this Society have been welcomed to his studio. He was an 
American in his tastes and sympathies, although his reputation as an artist is 
perhaps higher in England than in this country. He served as Commissioner 
of the United States, on the fine arts, at the World's Fair at Paris, in 1879. He 
kept up his acquaintance with his own country by frequent visits, although his 
home was in Italy. In 1877-8 he delivered courses of lectures on Art in Boston 
and New York. Among his best known works are the statue of Edward Everett, 
that of George Peabody, and that of Josiah Quincy. His most famous work is 
his Cleopatra, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He held 
for some years a professorship in Rome. He received the degree of P. C. L. 
from Oxford. 

His wife, to whom he was married in Boston in 1843, was a member of the 
Eldridge family. They celebrated their golden wedding two years ago. They 
have left three children— Waldo, who is a sculptor, Julian, and a daughter who 
married Sig. Peruzzi, a descendant of a famous family of Florence. 

Waldo Higginson, A. M., of Boston, was born in Boston, May 1, 1814, and 
died in Boston, May 4, 1894. He was a descendant of the Rev. Francis Higgin- 
son, who was educated at the University at Cambridge, England, and received 
the degree of B. A. in 1609, and of M. A. in 1613. He was born in 1587, and 
came to New England in 1629. He was the first minister of Salem ; a man of 
learning and piety. 

Mr. Higginson was the son of Stephen and Louisa (Storrow) Higginson. 
His maternal ancestors included the first of the three Governors Went worth of 
Portsmouth, N. H. He was prepared for college in a private school in Cam- 
bridge, of which William Wells was the teacher. He was also, for a time, 
under the instruction of R. W. Emerson, and was also at the celebrated school 

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taught by George Bancroft and J. G. Cogswell, at Round Hill, Northampton. 
He was graduated from Harvard in 1833, having a part at Commencement, and 
being a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He was for many years the secretary 
of the class. The records of his class, which he had kept with great care, were 
destroyed in the Boston fire of 1872. He was at much pains to restore these 
records in subsequent years, and he caused them to be printed in a volume, at 
his own expense. Among his classmates were Professors Francis Bowen, 
Joseph Lovering, H. D. Torrey, Morrill Wyman, Jeffries Wyman and G. E. 

He spent the first year after his graduation in Alexandria, Va., chiefly in the 
family of his brother-in-law, Rev. Reuel Keith, D.D. Returning to Boston he 
studied law for a time in the office of Judge Jackson. Without completing his 
studies he decided to become a civil engineer, and spent the summer of 1837 in 
Georgia, on the State railroad across the Alleghanies. Later he was assistant 
engineer, under Col. J. M. Fessenden, in building the Eastern Railroad, after- 
wards establishing himself as a civil engineer in Boston. Between 1845 and 
1853 he was agent and engineer for the Boston & Lowell Railroad Corporation, 
resigning this employment because of a stroke of paralysis, produced by over- 
work. In 1856 he became president of the New-England Mutual Insurance 
Company. After some years he advised the discontinuance of this company, as 
he had become satisfied that the principle of mutual insurance was not adapted 
to railroad people. The affairs of the company were wound up without loss to 
those insured. 

He was for a long time president of the Arkwright Insurance Company for 
manufacturing establishments. On his resignation in 1891 a vote was passed 
by the directors of the company, which set forth in the warmest terms the 
respect and affection which they cherished for their associate and friend. They 
bore witness to the value of his services and the wisdom of his counsels ; to 
his " profound and beneficent influence in smoothing away the difficulties which 
have sometimes arisen in the course of the work," his "judicial friendliness," 
" the even balance to which all deferred," his " sincerity and tact in removing 
slight causes of friction." This tribute from his associates in business gives 
us a very clear impression of the strength and practical wisdom of our late 

He was elected a resident member of this society September 3, 1845, resigned 
on account of business engagements in 1853, and was re-elected thirty years 
later. He was one of the overseers, of Harvard University, from 1869 to 1873, 
and was a prominent member of the committee which raised the means for erect- 
ing Memorial Hall. He served for a long time as Chairman of the Committee 
of Overseers to visit the Theological School, which his father, Stephen Higgin- 
son, while steward of the college, had enlarged and strengthened. Our associ- 
ate also founded, in the University, the George D. Sohier prize for scholarship 
in modern languages, giving to this prize the name of a brother-in-law. 

He married, December, 1854, Mary Davies, daughter of William Davies So- 
heir of Boston, but they had no children. 

Hon. James Robinson Newhall of Lynn, a resident member of this Society, 
elected January 3, 1883, was born in Lvnn, December 25, 1809, and died in Lynn, 
October 24, 1893. 

He was a descendant of Thomas Newhall, who came from England in 1630, 
and settled in Lynn a year or two after the town was begun. His second son, 
Thomas, born in 1631, was the first white child born in Lynn, and was baptized 
by Mr. Bachiler, the first minister of Lynn, the first Sunday after his arrival, 
June 8, 1632. He was a man of integrity, a farmer, whose name appears fre- 
quently in the early records of the town. His third son, Joseph, was born Sep- 
tember 22, 1658. He is said to have perished in a great snow storm. His 
seventh son, Benjamin, was born April 5, 1698. He had fourteen children. 
His second son, James, born July 11, 1731, was a magistrate, and was known 
as " 'Squire Jim." He was the father of Benjamin, born Jan. 19, 1774, who 
was the father of Judge Newhall, the historian of Lynn, of whom we are writ- 
ing. The family of Newhall is very numerous in Lynn. At one period there 
were eight men there who bore the name of James Newhall, not one of whom 
had a middle name. They were distinguished as 'Squire Jim, Phthisicy Jim, 
Silver Jim, Bully Jim, Increase Jim, President Jim, Nathan's Jim, and Doctor 

1896.] Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society. 81 

Judge Newhall was a self-made man. His father had a large family to pro- 
vide for, and his mother died when he was a child. He left home, to make his 
way in the world, at the age of eleven. He attended the public schools as much 
as he was able ; but, in his fifteenth year, he entered the office of the Salem 
Gazette, to learn printing. Before he was twenty-one he was employed as fore- 
man in one of the principal book offices in Boston. In 1829 he was employed 
in the Confidence office in New York. At the age of twenty-two he returned to 
Lynn, and was employed in the office of the Mirror. He afterward purchased 
the office and was for some years engaged in the printing and newspaper busi- 
ness. In 1844 he began the study of the law, and was admitted to the bar in 
1847. He opened an office in Lynn, and secured a good business as a lawyer. 
In 1869 he was commissioned as Judge of the Lynn Police Court, an office which 
he held for ten years. In 1882 he took an extended tour abroad, visiting the 
most important cities in Europe. 

Mr. Newhall was not much in public life, excepting as Judge of the Police 
Court. He was, however, at one time, Chairman of the School Board, and 
President of the Common Council. He devoted a large part of his time, in his 
late years, to historical studies. He published " Lin; or, Jewels of the Third 
Plantation," a book which George W. Curtis compared to the Sketch Book by 
Washington Irving. The History of Lynn, published in 1865, bears on its title 
page the names of Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall. A large part of this 
work is from the pen of Judge Newhall. He also published Centennial Ad- 
dresses in 1876, and "Lynn — Her First Two Hundred and Fifty Years," by 
invitation of the city authorities, at the anniversary in 1879. He contributed to 
the History of Essex County, and to that of Worcester County. His Annals of 
Lynn, published in 1883, brought the history of the city to that date. He was 
for several years president of the Lynn Press Association. 

He was twice married. In October, 1837, he married Dorcas B. Brown of 
Salem. His second wife was Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of the late Josiah 
Newhall, who survives him. 

Elisha Clark Leonard, of New Bedford, Mass., was born in Rochester, 
Mass., September 3, 1819, and died in New Bedford, September 7, 1894. 

The Leonards of Massachusetts are descended from an ancient English family. 
It is said that the Leonards of England were interested in the iron works at 
Bilston, Stafford County, The three brothers who came to this country about 
the middle of the seventeenth century were sons of Thomas Leonard, who seems 
to have lived at Pontypool, Monmouth County, Wales. Henry Leonard, son 
of Thomas, was at Lynn in 1642, and it is supposed he was engaged in the iron 
works in that town at that elate. In 1652 the town of Taunton voted that Henry 
Leonard and his brother James have free consent " to set up a bloomery work 
on the Two-Mile River." This was the first iron manufactory in the old colony. 
The Leonards were interested in iron works in various places, so that it used to 
be said that " where you can find iron works, there you will find a Leonard." 

The ancestral line of our late associate in this Society runs thus : Thomas, 1 
James 2 (who married in Lynn, and was made a freeman in that town in 1668), 
Benjamin, 3 Joseph 4 (born January 22, 1692), Philip 5 , George 6 , Nehemiah 7 (who 
married Hannah Tiukham [Clark]), and Elisha Clark. 8 

Mr. Leonard was a successful business man, a genealogist, and an antiqua- 
rian. He was educated in the Friends Academy in New Bedford, and the Peirce 
Academy in Micldleboro', under Professor J. W. P. Jenks. 

In his early manhood he was engaged in the oil business with his father in 
New Bedford. In 1850 he engaged'in the same business in Springfield, with 
Mr. Francis Rodman. In 1856 he engaged in the carpet business in New Bed- 
ford. In 1857 he was a member of the City Council. In 1871-2 he was United 
States assistant assessor, and in 1873-76 he was deputy collector of internal 
revenue. Since that time he has not been in active business. 

He wrote a number of valuable papers for the Old Colony Historical Society, 
of which he was for many years a director. Among his historical papers were : 
Reminiscences of the Ancient Iron Works and Leonard Mansions of Taunton; 
and King Philip's Gift to James Leonard. He left a fine collection of family 
records, and much valuable material concerning ancient boundaries and land- 

He was also a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and occupied a 
number of honorable positions in that order. 
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Hon. William W. Crapo, of New Bedford, spoke of Mr. Leonard, at a memo- 
rial meeting held in Historical Hall in that city, as the most gifted historical 
student in the community : " He loved the old colony, its history, its traditions,, 
its men. No incident of the early times was too minute for his patient investi- 
gation. Give him a clew and he would hunt and delve until he found the 

Mr. Leonard married, November 24, 1842, Elizabeth Bourne Ellis, daughter 
of Thomas and Rosetta Howland Ellis. A son and two daughters survive him. 

James Carnahan Wetmore, Esq., of Columbus, Ohio, was born in Whites- 
town, N. Y., May 1, 1813, and died in Elizabethtown, N. J., August 13, 1895. He 
was descended from Thomas Wetmore, who was born in the west of England in 
1615 and came to New England in 1635, and settled, it is supposed in Weathers- 
field, Conn., though he removed subsequently to Hartford. He was made a 
freeman in Middletown in 1652, and he seems to have been among the earliest 
settlers of that town. In 1670 his property was assessed at £125 10s. The 
ancestral line is as follows : Thomas 1 ; Izrahiah, 2 born in Middletown March 
8, 1656-7; Judge Seth, 3 born in Middletown November 18, 1700. He mar- 
ried, as his third wife, Hannah, daughter of Rev. Timothy Edwards of East 
Windsor, who was the father of President Edwards. Dea. Oliver, 4 born at 
Staddle Hill, near Middletown, May, 1752. He married Sarah, daughter of 
Elisha Brewster, a descendant of Elder Brewster. Rev. Oliver, 6 born at Stad- 
dle Hill, December 15, 1774, who was ordained in 1807, and served as a home 
missionary many years, and died in Utica, N. Y., January 1, 1852. James Car- 
nahan. 6 

The subject of this sketch was thus one of the lineal descendants of Elder 
Brewster, so distinguished in the history of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and was 
also descended from the father of President Edwards. He was educated in the 
common schools in Oneida County, N. Y., and at an academy near his early 
home. His life was for the most part devoted to business. At the age of 
fifteen he was employed in a store in Utica, where he spent two years. He had 
a better situation for the next two years, though he did not like the business. 
In 1832 he went to New York, where he secured a situation with a jobber of 
cotton goods. He was four years in New York, and then removed to Missis- 
sippi, and, after some years, to New Orleans. While there, the Mexican war 
broke out, and he accompanied General Taylor to Mexico, and was engaged in 
the battle of Buena Vista. After the war he went to San Lois Potosi, and was 
the first American to bring goods by that route to that city, Later he removed 
to the city of New York, became a member of the Stock Exchange, and opened 
an office in Wall street. In 1847 he removed to Ohio. During the civil war he 
was the military agent for Ohio, at Washington. 

In 1861 he published " The Wetmore Family," a very thorough genealogical, 
biographical and historical work, of six hundred and seventy pages. He de- 
voted two years and a half to the preparation of this work. It is one of the 
best of the family books, full of historical information, which the author had 
collected from ancient records and letters, as well as from books. The student 
of the early history of New England will find this work a mine of curious infor- 
mation concerning the life of the people in the earlier generations of our history. 

He married, May 29, 1851, Catharine Mary De Hart, daughter of the Hon. 
William and Mary (Barber) Chetwood of Elizabethtown, N. J. They had one 
son, John Chetwood Wetmore, born August 22, 1856. 

Mr. Wetmore was a life member of the Young Men's Christian Association. 

He was elected a corresponding member of this Society September 4, 1861, 
soon after the publication of the Wetmore genealogy and biography. 

Hon. James Walker Austin, A.M., LL.B., of Boston, was born in Charles- 
town, Mass., January 8, 1829, and died in Southampton, England, October 15, 
1895. He was the son of William Austin, who was born in Lunenburg, Mass., 
March 2, 1778, and was graduated at Harvard College in 1798, and was a mem- 
ber of the Suffolk Bar. A volume of his writings, with the title of The Liter- 
ary Papers of William Austin, with a biographical sketch by his son, James 
Walker Austin, was published by Little and Brown in 1890. ' His mother was 
Lucy Jones of Charlestown. 

The family was descended from Richard Austin of Bishopstock, England, 

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who came to Charlestown, Mass., in May, 1638. The succession of generations 
was as follows : Richard 1 ; Richard 2 second, born in England 1632, died August 
15, 1703; Ebenezer 3 , died January 16, 1723; Ebenezer 4 second: Nathaniel 5 , died 
December 25, 1862; William 6 , born March 2, 1778; James Walker 7 . 

He was prepared for college in the schools of Charlestown, and at the 
Chauncy-Hall School, Boston, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1849, 
and from the Law School two years later, and was admitted to the Suffolk bar 
in 1851. He went in 1851 to California, and thence to the Sandwich Islands. 
He was attracted by the beauty and fertility of the islands, and he determined 
to settle there. He was admitted to the bar in that country, and in 1852 was 
appointed District Attorney. He was elected to the Hawaian parliament, and 
re-elected for three sessions. He was Speaker of the House one session. In 
1868 he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court, by a special act of the legis- 
lature, and he was chosen to revise the criminal code of the islands, in connec- 
tion with two other judges of the Supreme Court. He had been a member of 
the commission to revise the civil code two years before. These codes are 
modeled on those of the State of Massachusetts. He was the guardian, a 
number of years, of Lunalilo, the heir to the throne. 

He returned to the United States in 1872 for the education of his children, 
after a residence at the Sandwich Islands of twenty-one years. He became a 
member of the Suffolk bar, and continued to practice law until a few years ago. 

Judge Austin was a man of strong character, and of many accomplishments. 
His integrity was unimpeachable. He had a large circle of friends at the Islands, 
where he had much to do in building up a vigorous and well ordered community. 

He married July 18, 1857, Ariana Elizabeth, daughter of John S. Sleeper, ex- 
mayor of Roxbury. He went to Europe September 15, of this year, with his 
wife and daughter, and they were with him at the time of his death. One of 
his sons graduated at Harvard in 1887, and is now a member of the Suffolk bar. 
Another son is a member of the firm of Austin & Doton, merchants in Boston. 

Judge Austin was elected a resident member of this Society in 1874, and 
became a life member in 1878. He served as one of the directors of the Society 
twelve years, from 1877 to 1889, and contributed very much to its growth. 

Ex-Governor Oliver Ames, of North Easton, Mass., a life member of this 
Society, since 1883, and a very liberal contributor to its funds, was born in 
North Easton, February 4, 1831, and died there October 22, 1895. 

His father was the celebrated financier and Congressman, Oakes Ames, 4 born 
January 10, 1804, who married Eveline 0. Gilmore. His grandfather was Oliver, 3 
who was the son of John, 2 who was the son of Thomas. 1 

Governor Ames was educated in the public schools of his native town, and in 
the academies at Attleboro, Leicester and Easton. He served an apprenticeship 
of five years in his father's manufacturing establishment, mastering the busi- 
ness in its most minute details. After his apprenticeship he entered upon a 
special course at Brown University. His favorite studies were history, geology 
and political economy. In 1863 he became a member of the firm, and for several 
years superintended the mechanical business of the establishment. At his 
father's death, in 1873, he became directly connected with various corporations, 
banks and other institutions, in which his father had been interested. He paid 
the indebtedness of his father's estate, amounting to eight millions of dollars, 
and legacies amounting to a million more. He was concerned in erecting the 
Oliver Ames Library Building and the Memorial Hall at North Easton, both 
splendid structures, which he and his relatives presented to the town. 

In 1880 Mr. Ames was elected a member of the Sta' e Senate, and re-elected 
in 1881. In 1882 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, as a 
Republican, although the candidate for Governor on I. tie same ticket was de- 
feated. He was re-elected to the same office in 1883, LS84 and 1885. In 1886 he 
was elected Governor. His rare abilities as a business man were of great service 
to Massachusetts, and his administration was a very useful one. He was re- 
elected in 1887. It was Governor Ames who recommended the enlargement of 
the State House, which is now in progress. He laid the corner stone of the 
new building, December 21, 1890. It was one of the last of his public acts. 
He has been an invalid for several years, and has not been much in public life. 

Governor Ames was a man of literary taste and culture. Architecture was 
with him a special study, and he had a fine appreciation of music and painting. 

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He owned a choice collection of paintings and statuary. His house on Common- 
wealth Avenue is a monument of his architectural taste. He was a hospitable 
man, faithful in his friendships, and generous in his benefactions. He was 
very popular with the workingmen in his factories. His estate was a very 
large one. 

On the 14th of March, 1860, he married Miss AnnaC. Ray of Nantucket. His 
family consists of two sons and four daughters. 

Benjamin Cushing, A.B., M.D., of Dorchester, who was elected a resident 
member of this Society, April 6, 1887, was born in Hingham, Mass., May 9, 
1822, and died in Dorchester, October 16, 1895. His father was Jerom Cushing, 
who was born in Hingham in 1780, and died there in 1824. His mother was 
Mary Thaxter, who was born in Hingham in 1784, and died in Dorchester in 
1867. He was descended in the seventh generation from Matthew Cushing and 
Margaret Pitcher, who came from Hingham, England, in 1638, and settled in 
Hingham, Mass. On the Thaxter side, his great grandfather was Major Samuel 
Thaxter, who, at the capture of Fort William Henry by the French and Indians, 
was taken prisoner and tied to a tree. Seeing some French officers going by 
he appealed to them, asking if they allowed a commissioned officer to be so 
treated. One of the French officers cut his bonds, saying, " Quick, walk." The 
major made his way home to Hingham, to be greeted, on riding into town, by 
the remark, " Why, Major, we've buried you." His funeral sermon had, indeed, 
been preached, as another survivor of the massacre had reached home and 
reported the major lost. 

After the death of Jerom Cushing, his widow, with her children, came to live 
in Dorchester with her unmarried brother, Dr. Robert Thaxter. 

Dr. Benjamin Cushing was prepared for college at Derby Academy, in Hing- 
ham, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1842. During his college 
course he spent a winter in Cuba, for the benefit of his health. He went to 
Calcutta, on a sailing vessel, after he was graduated. In 1846 he was gradu- 
ated from the Harvard Medical School, and went to Paris for a year's further 
study of his profession. The discovery of the surgical use of ether was made 
while he was in Paris, and he saw the first two operations in which it was used. 

He began the practice of medicine in Dorchester, on his return from Paris, 
in 1847, being associated at first with his uncle, Dr. Thaxter. All his profes- 
sional life has been in Dorchester. During the civil war he volunteered to act 
as surgeon, and was sent to Fortress Monroe- After the close of the war he 
made a second trip to Europe, in 1866, and a third in 1875. 

Dr. Cushing was a faithful and very skilful physician. His heart was always 
open to the calls of suffering. H^e was a true friend, full of public spirit, wise 
in counsel and generous in his gifts. He was a member of the Massachusetts 
Medical Society, and was Chairman of the Visiting Board of the Danvers Hos- 
pital for the Insane. He was also one of the consulting physicians of the City 
Hospital. He was much interested in certain proposed reforms in the treat- 
ment of dipsomaniacs. He served for a long time on the School Board of Dor- 
chester. During the past few years Dr. Cushing has had a very interesting 
correspondence with Mr. H. J. Moule of Dorchester, England, and many pic- 
tures, books, and other mementoes have passed between the old town and its 
American namesake. 

He married, in 1848, Anna Quincy Thaxter of Hingham. 

Leonard Bolles Ellis, Esq., of New Bedford, was born in New Bedford, 
March 11, 1838, and died in the same city March 13, 1895. 

His father was Caleb L. Ellis, a prosperous man of business in New Bedford. 
The family line reaches back several generations in this country, and the descend- 
ants are very numerous. 

Mr. Ellis was educated in the public schools. He completed a three years' 
course of study in the High School, which was of very great service to him in 
the work of his iife. In 1859 he entered into business in company with his 
father. The civil war interrupted the business for some years, and he turned 
his attention to the manufacture of picture frames. In 1866 he bought the pic- 
ture business of Mr. Orlando T. Marvin, and opened a store for the sale of 
works of art. He had the nature of an artist, and his store was for many years 
a very attractive place for those who loved art. It became a social centre for 
persons of culture in the city. Many famous paintings were brought to New 

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Bedford by his enterprise, and he had much to do in developing a taste for art. 
In later years the changes in business interrupted the sale of many things in his 
line, but he was to the last interested in paintings and engravings. He remained 
in this business twenty-five years. 

His artistic temperament gave him a special interest in music. He was for 
many years the president of the Choral Association of New Bedford. He pub- 
lished a series of articles on the history of music in that city. He was for many 
years a trustee of the Free Public Library, and a faithful public servant in that 

Mr. Ellis's tastes led him into historical studies, and he has left two valuable 
books : a History of the Fire Department of New Bedford, which was first pub- 
lished in successive numbers of the Evening Standard of that city, and a 
History of New Bedford, which is said by some good authorities to be the best 
ever written. Both of these works show the patient industry of their author, 
and his skill in weaving great masses of facts into interesting and truth-telling 
narratives. He was also the author of a number of detached historical articles, 
the latest being his History of Methodism in New Bedford. 

Mr. Ellis was a man devoted to the best ideals of life, and had, to an unusual 
degree, the respect and confidence of all who knew him. An insidious and fatal 
disease hung over his life for many years, but he continued his work to the last. 
He was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity for many years. He 
was long a member of the Methodist church, and for some years was superin- 
tendent of its Sunday School. 

He was elected a resident member of this Society January 2, 1895. 

John Wilkins Carter, Esq., of West Newton, a resident member of this 
Society, elected June 3, 1891, was born in Boston June 30, 1843, and died at 
Harwich, Mass., July 5, 1895. He was the son of Richard Bridge Carter, who 
was born in Lancaster, Mass., August 30, 1808. His mother, Lucy Lazelle 
Hobart, was born in Abington, Mass., October 4, 1817. 

Mr. Carter was descended, on his father's side, from Rev. Thomas Carter, 
who came from England about 1630. He traced his descent from Rev. Thomas, 1 
Rev. Samuel, 2 Samuel, 3 Ephraim, 4 Oliver, 6 Richard Bridge, 6 to John Wilkins. 7 
On his mother's side he was descended from Edmund Hobart, 1 who came from 
England to Charlestown in 1633, Thomas, 2 Aaron, 3 Isaac, 4 Colonel Aaron, 6 Ben- 
jamin, 6 to Lucy Lazelle. 7 

He attended private and grammar schools up to his 12th year, when he was 
sent to Mr. Hunt's Crystal Lake Seminary for two years. He was prepared for 
college in the Boston Latin School, and entered Harvard College in 1861 . After 
his Freshman year at Harvard he enlisted in the 45th regiment, Massachusetts 
Volunteers, from which he re-enlisted into the 17th infantry regiment of the 
regular army. He received a commission and participated in all the severe 
campaigns of the army of Virginia, until December, 1864, when he resigned, 
because his health had been seriously impaired. 

After leaving the army he spent two or three years with Dunbar, Hobart & 
Whidden, in Abington, Mass. He returned to Boston in 1867 and entered the 
firm of Carter Brothers, manufacturers of paper and ink. After the Boston 
fire of 1872 he sold his interest in the manufacture of paper, and took charge of 
the manufacture of inks, under the firm name of Carter, Dinsmore & Co., in 
which business he continued until his death. 

He married January 21, 1874, Helen Burrage, daughter of Johnson Carter 
Burrage, by whom he had four children, two sons and two daughters. 

Some time after his return from the army his college degree was given to 
him out of course. He served a number of years as a member of the Board of 
Aldermen in Newton. He devoted a great deal of time to the study of sewer- 
age, and was chairman of the committee on sewerage. He crossed the sea to 
gain fresh information, and on his return he made a report which was full of 
information in regard to modern methods of sewerage, and many of his ideas 
were incorporated in the system finally adopted in the Garden city. He was one 
of the most active members of the Newton Tariff Reform Club, and was for ten 
years secretary of the Massachusetts Reform Club. 

He made a number of visits to the old world, and devoted much time to inde- 
pendent investigation. Last summer he was spending some weeks with a large 
family party at the sea side, and lost his life while bathing in the surf at Har- 
wich. . 

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Jonx Simpson Emery, Esq., of Boston, a resident member of our Society 
since September 5, 1877, "was born in Sullivan, Me., September 13, 1816, and 
died in his native place August 28, 1895. He was tlie eldest son of Hiram Eddy 
and Rachel (Simpson) Emery. His father was one of the leading citizens of 
Sullivan for more than fifty years. He was descended from Anthony Emery, 
who was born in Romsey, Hants, England, about the year 1600, and who sailed 
from Southampton, April 3, 1635, in the ship James of London, with his brother 
John and their families, and landed in Boston June 3 of the same year. He was 
in Newbury in 1638, but removed to Dover, N. H., and later to Kittery, Me. 
The family line is as follows : Anthony, 1 James, 2 Job, 3 Joseph, 4 William, 5 Hi- 
ram, 6 John Simpson. 7 

Mr. Emery in early life learned the trade of a blacksmith. Later he went to 
sea for a few years. In 1849 he came to Boston, and was in business as a ship 
broker forty-one years, being the principal in the well-known firm of John S. 
Emery & Co., 168 State street. At the time of his death he was a director in 
the China Mutual Insurance Company of Boston, and also in the Boston Marine 
Insurance Company, and president of the East Boston Dry Dock Company. 

He was educated in the common schools of his native town. He was a man 
of broad sympathies, liberal in his opinions and with his means; a friend of 
the needy and distressed, of wide influence and acknowledged integrity. He 
was an intelligent friend of the shipping interests of his own country. The 
position which he occupied in Boston was indicated by the fact that almost all 
the older business houses in the city were represented by their partners at his 

Although interested in public affairs, he never sought or held a public office. 
He had a strong attachment for his early friends and for his native town. He 
enlarged and kept up his father's old homestead, where he spent his summer 
vacations, and where he died. He contributed towards a town hall, for an im- 
proved schoolhouse, for the maintenance of the village cemetery, and for other 
interests connected with the old town. He was a member of the Pine Tree 
State Club, and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society. He con- 
tributed a number of articles to the Bangor Historical Magazine, and to some 
other publications. 

He had a leading part in the preparation of the genealogical records of the 
Emery family. He was a member of the executive committee of the family 
meeting of the Emerys for a number of years while the work was in prepara- 
tion. He was also chairman of the genealogical committee. He aided this 
committee not only by his own researches among the ancient records of the 
family, but by his generous pecuniary aid. He left by will to this Society one 
hundred bound volumes of newspapers. 

He married Prudence Simpson, December 1, 1850. They had no children. 

George Morgan Browne, A. B., of Washington, D. C, elected a resident 
member of this Society June 1, 1881, was born in Lisbon, formerly part of Nor- 
wich, Conn., May 7, 1811, and died at his home in Washington, April 25, 1895. 

He was the son of Tyler 6 and Rhoda (Morgan) Browne, both of whom were 
natives of Preston, Conn., born the one in 1782, and the other two years later. 
His grandfather was William Browne, 6 who was the son of Samuel and Phebe 
(Wilbur) Browne. His grandmother, on the maternal side, was Joanna (Brews- 
ter) Morgan, a lineal descendant from Jonathan Brewster, who was a son of 
Elder William Brewster. His great-grandfather, Samuel Browne 4 , was the son 
of Daniel, 3 who was the son of Thomas 2 who came from Lynn to Stonington 
in 1684. He was the son of Thomas, 1 born in 1628, and Mary (Newhall) 

Mr. Browne was prepared for college in Plainfield, Conn., and was graduated 
from Yale College in 1836. He studied law with Hon. Calvin Goddard of Nor- 
wich, and was admitted to the bar in 1839. He began the practice of his pro- 
fession in Boston in 1841, and so long as he devoted himself to the law he was 
a successful lawyer. He was a member of the House of Representatives in 
1857 and 1858, and took an active part in the discussions of that body. He was 
president of the Eastern Railroad Company from 1854 to 1871. Those were the 
years of the greatest prosperity of that corporation. 

He visited Europe in 1872, remaining abroad more than a year. The visit was 
repeated iu 1877. 

lie has published articles in the reviews, among which are: "Political Ele- 

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ments of the Constitution," and "Annexation," in the American Revieio of 1845. 
His argument on the trial of Rev. A. G. Prescott for heresy, before an ecclesi- 
astical court in 1851, was published in the Christian Witness. He published an 
address as President of the Connecticut Association in 1857 ; a speech in the 
Legislature on the Kansas Resolves (1857) ; The Sinking Fund, a pamphlet, in 
1874; Review of Midler's "Literature of Greece," and an article on Nice, in the 
Literary World, 1876. 

His first wife was Caroline, daughter of John Linett. She died in 1847. He 
married Mary A., daughter of Henry Andrews. She died in 1858. He married 
Caroline, daughter of Edward Cabot of Boston. He left one son, George Mor- 
gan Browne. 

Eben Dyer Jordan, Esq., of the firm of Jordan, Marsh & Co., of Boston, a 
life member of this Society since 1869, was born in Danville, Me., October 13, 
1822, and died in Boston November 15, 1895. 

The life of Mr. Jordan was devoted to business and he has been said to rank 
next to A. T. Stewart as a successful man of business in lines that were quite 
similar. He was a poor boy, left an orphan and penniless at the age of four. 
As soon as he was old enough to work he was hired to labor on a farm in Rox- 
bury, at four dollars a month. At sixteen he was employed in the store of 
William P. Tenney & Co. for two years. The third year he earned a salary of 
$275, a part of which he saved. When he was nineteen, a friend, Mr. Joshua 
Stetson, set him up in business in a small way, and his sales the first year 
amounted to $8000. At the end of four years his sales had amounted to 
$100,000. He sold his business at the age of twenty-five, and spent the next 
two years in the prosperous store of James M. Beebe, gaining a knowledge of 
the methods of a large business establishment. In 1851 the firm of Jordan, 
Marsh & Co. was formed, with a capital of $5000. By industry, enterprise and 
skill a large business was built up within the next few years. The crisis of 
1857 taxed the firm severely, but it lived and prospered. In 1861 the firm added 
a retail department to its large wholesale trade. The growth of the retail store 
has been marvelous, and it now employs nearly three thousand persons in its 
various departments. 

Mr. Jordan was a man of public spirit, though not an active politician. In 
the latter part of his life he made a tour around the world. Some years earlier 
he made a trip to Europe with twenty-five of the employees of the establish- 
ment. They were received by John Bright, by President Grevy, and by many 
other famous men in different countries as representatives of the enterprise and 
intelligence of American merchants. 

Mr. Jordan leaves a widow and two sons and two daughters. 

Charles Jarvis Pickford, Esq., of Lynn, was born in Kennebunk, Me., 
May 24, 1833, and died in Brookline, Mass., June 7, 1895. He was the son of 
John Kay Livermore and Elizabeth (Shepard) Pickford. He lived in Worcester 
from 1833 to 1864. In 1864 he engaged in the shoe business in Lynn. The firm 
was Winslow & Pickford. A few years later he engaged in the real estate and 
insurance business in that city. He retired some years ago from active busi- 
ness, on account of the failure of his health. He has been connected with 
religious and philanthropic movements, and has been a man of wide influence. 
He was for many years a leading deacon in the Washington Street Baptist 
Church. He was also superintendent of its Sunday School. He was a trustee 
of the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He was also a 
trustee of the Tolman Temperance Fund. 

He was elected a resident member of this Society in 1893. He was also a 
member of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Wars. 

Arthur Welland Blake, Esq., of Brookline, a life member of this Society 
since 1885, was born in Boston, November 5, 1840, and died in Brookline Feb- 
ruary 28, 1893. His father was George Baty Blake, born in Brattleboro, Vt., 
May 19, 1808. His mother was Anna Hall. He was a lineal descendant, in tin' 
eighth generation, from William Blake, who was baptized in Pit minster, 
England, July 10, 1594, and who came to New England as early as 1686. He 
lived in Dorchester, and is spoken of in the old records as a useful and Influen- 
tial citizen. The line is as follows : William 1 ; Edward 2 , bom about 1626, pro- 
bably in England; Solomon 3 , of Boston ; Joseph 4 , born August 10, L709, also of 
Boston; Joseph 6 , born February 5, 1739; John Welland 6 , born 1759; George 
Baty 7 . . 

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His father was a banker and broker, who did business in Boston, under the 
firm name of Blake Brothers and Company. Arthur Welland Blake was pre- 
pared for college in the Boston schools, and entered Harvard College in 1857. 
He left during Freshman year to go into business. In 1861 he became a mem- 
ber of the firm, with his father, and continued in business up to the time of his 
death. He lived in New York about ten years, where the firm had a branch of 
their business. He returned to Boston about fifteen years ago. 

He was a member of the Boston Stock Exchange, and of St. Botolph Club in 
Boston, the Union Club in New York, and a number of other organizations. 
He owned one of the most beautiful estates in Brookline, and was one of its 
wealthy citizens. 

Mr. Blake always cherished an interest in Harvard. He gave $1000 toward 
the Class Memorial window, in Memorial Hall, and, more than any one else 
insured the success of the undertaking. He had been an invalid the past two 
or three years, during which time he did not take any active part in the busi- 
ness, which was cared for by the other partners — John P. Marquand, J. E. 
Brown, George R. Harris and Howland Davis. 

He married April 25, 1878, Frances Greenough, daughter of Henry Greenough 
of Cambridge. His wife and two daughters survive him. 

James Monroe Keith, A.B., of Boston, had been a resident member of this 
Society thirty-four years, having been elected September 5, 1860. He was the 
son of Bethuel and Mary (Pearson) Keith, and was born in Randolph, Vt., April 
19, 1819. He died very suddenly at his home in Roxbury, Mass., April 12, 1894. 

He was prepared for college partly at Randolph Academy and partly at the 
Academy in Royalton, Vermont. He was graduated at Brown University in 
1845. He studied law with David A. Simmons of Roxbury, and was admitted 
to the Suffolk bar June 3, 1848. Later he opened an office in Boston, He was a 
member of the Legislature, from Roxbury, in 1851. Before Roxbury was annexed 
to Boston he was president of its Common Council. In 1855 he was appointed 
District Attorney for the district composed of Norfolk and Plymouth counties. 
The next year the office was made elective, and Mr. Keith was chosen for three 
years, but resigned in 1858. 

During the war he was a prominent member of the Roxbury Relief Associa- 
tion. In 1868 and 1869 he was a member of the Boston Common Council, and 
the same years he was a trustee of the Boston Public Library. On several occa- 
sions he has been chairman of the Democratic State Convention, and on one of 
these he made one of the most noteworthy political speeches in the history of 
his party in this State. In 1868 he was a delegate to the national convention 
of the Democratic party. He was a member of the Boston Board of Health 
from 1877 to 1883. 

Mr. Keith had long been recognized as one of the ablest lawyers in Boston. 
He was a man of integrity and of great practical wisdom. He filled every posi- 
tion well, and has left an honored name. 

He was three times married. In 1849 he married Adeline Wetherbee of Bos- 
ton. In 1856 he married Mary C. Richardson of Boston. His third wife, mar- 
ried in 1863, was Louisa J. Dyer of Providence. 

Charles Augustus Greene, M.D., of Arlington, Mass., was born in Batavia, 
New York, April 19, 1824, and died in Arlington, June 15, 1894. He was a de- 
scendant, in the seventh generation, from Thomas Green, who came from Eng- 
land before 1653, and settled in Maiden. His father was Samuel Dana Greene, 
who was born in Leicester, Mass., February 9, 1788. Dr. Greene was educated 
in the schools of Batavia and in those of Boston. He also attended the aca- 
demy at Monson, Mass., where he was prepared for college. He studied medi- 
cine in the medical school at Pittsfield, Mass., and was graduated in 1848. He 
was a practising physician for a number of years in Philadelphia. Later he 
resided in Harrisburg, from which city he removed to the vicinity of Boston. 
Dr. Greene was an independent student and practitioner. He adopted, in early 
life, original views in regard to medical practice. He was the author of a 
pamphlet entitled " Omnipathy," in which he set forth the principles of his 
method, to which he gave the name " Omuipathy." He followed this method 
through his whole career as a physician. 

He was elected a resident member of this Society June 6, 1888. 

He married Helen E. Hubbard, daughter of Willis H. Hubbard, April 18, 1855. 

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Hon. Alexander Hamilton Rice, LL.D., a resident member, elected Febru- 
ary 3, 1858, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Mass., August 30, 1818, and died 
at the Lang wood Hotel, Melrose, Mass., July 22, 1895. His father was Thomas 
Rice, who was the proprietor of a paper mill at Newton Lower Falls. The first 
part of his education was received in the public schools of his native town and 
in the neighboring academies of Needham and Newton, presided over respect- 
ively by Rev. Daniel Kimball and Mr. Seth Davis. After graduating from these 
schools he became a clerk in a dry goods store in Boston, where he performed 
his duties with such laborionsness and assiduity that his health gave way and 
he was obliged to stay at home for two years. Upon his return to Boston he 
was employed by the firm of Wilkins & Carter, who were wholesale dealers in 
paper, and publishers of music books and dictionaries. He remained here three 
years. During this time he united with the Mercantile Library Association and 
acquired such a taste for literature that he determined to go to college. In 1840 
he entered Union College at Schenectady, N. Y., graduating in 1844. While in 
college he was a very careful student, his motto being that which is implied in 
the word "Thorough," and graduated with the highest honors of his class. He 
meant to become a lawyer, but was prevented by ill health, and instead became 
a member of the firm of his last employers. He continued in business during 
his life, associating with himself Charles S. Kendall, and establishing the well 
known firm of Rice, Kendall & Co., paper dealers and manufacturers;" the firm 
name was changed, after about a half century's prosperity, to that of the Rice- 
Kendall Company, with Mr. Rice as president. 

From the first of his engaging in an active business life, Mr. Rice took a large 
and serious interest in public affairs. In 1850 he was one of the Board of Visi- 
tors of the Lunatic Hospital. In 1853 he was elected to the Common Council 
of Boston, and was a councilman two years in succession, the second year being 
president. In 1854 he was president of the Boston School Committee. In 1856 
and in 1857 he was mayor of the city of Boston. During his administration 
many important public improvements were made and several others begun. In 
1858 he was elected to Congress and was a member of the thirty-sixth and the 
three succeeding Congresses, serving there in the troublous times of the late 
war, and for several years of his career there occupying the position of Chair- 
man of the Committee on Naval Affairs. He was always an influential member 
of the House. In 1875 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and was 
twice re-elected. As chief executive of the Commonwealth he acquitted him- 
self well, and was a credit to the State. 

Mr. Rice was president of the Keith Manufacturing Company of Turner's 
Falls, a director of the American Loan and Trust Company, and of the Massa- 
chusetts National Bank, and a trustee of the Mutual Life Insurance Company 
of New York. 

He made many formal addresses ; as, for example, at the opening of the Peace 
Jubilee in 1869 ; on the unveiling of the equestrian statue of Washington in the 
Public Gardens the same year; at the unveiling of the Sumner statue in the 
Public Gardens in 1878; as Chancellor of Union College in 1881 ; a Butterfield 
lecture at the same college in 1892 ; and at the setting up of the Farragut statue, 
Marine Park, South Boston, in 1893. 

As instances of his many-sided interest in things, it may be mentioned that 
he was a member of the American Archaeological Society ; a fellow of the Ameri- 
can Geographical Society of New York; a member of the American Historical 
Association ; vice-president of the Webster Historical Association ; a director of 
the Bunker Hill Monument Association and of the Commandery of the Loyal 
Legion; an honorary life member of the Farragut Naval Veteran Association; 
a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of the Boston Museum 
of Fine Arts, and of the Episcopal Theological School at Cambridge; president 
of the Sailors' National Home, and past honorary chancellor of Union College. 
He was also the first president of the old Central Club of Boston. He was a 
member of the St. Botolph, the Algonquin, the Commercial, and the Thursday 

Mr. Rice's first wife was Augusta E. McKim, a sister of Judge McKim of the 
Suffolk County Probate Court; his second wife was Angie Erickson Powell of 
Rochester, N. Y. 

In 1847 he leceived the degree of A. M. from Union College, and in 1876 that 
of LL.D. from Harvard University. 
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Mr. Kice was about five feet eight inches high, and weighed about 165 pounds. 
He was erect and steady, and had prominent and expressive features. His 
manner and speech were always courtly. He walked to his office in a closely 
buttoned frock coat and a silk hat. His only relaxation was driving. He was 
careful and painstaking in the discharge of business, convincing and often elo- 
quent in speech, a debater of large ability, and popular with the people. Ex- 
Governor Long has called him " A striking representative of Boston citizenship 
as merchant, scholar, magistrate. He was a man at once of great business 
sagacity, of ornate and attractive eloquence, and of high character. He has 
been an ornament to the city and the state." 

By Bev. Bradford M. Fullerton, D.D., of Brockton, Mass. 

John Samuel Hill Fogg, A.M. Bowdoin, M.D. Harvard, was a native of 
Eliot, Maine, and bore the name of his grandfathers. The emigrant ancestor 
of the family was Samuel 1 Fogg, who settled at Hampton, N. H., in 1638, and 
remained a citizen there till his death in 1672. His farm, known as Bride hill, 
is still held in the family, possession passing by inheritance. No deed of con- 
veyance has covered the property since the original grant. By his wife Anne, 
daughter of Roger and Anne Shaw, he had a family of four sons and one daugh- 
ter, of whom, the youngest, 

Daniel 2 Fogg, born at Hampton, 1660, became a blacksmith, and removed 
about 1680 to Black Point (Scarboro'), Maine, where he married Hannah, daugh- 
ter of John Libby. The incursions of Indians forced removal, and he was at 
Portsmouth, N. H., for a period; but, in 1700, he purchased a farm on Stur- 
geon creek, in that part of Kittery now Eliot, Me. There he remained till his 
death in 1755. He was an original member of the Sturgeon creek (Congrega- 
tional) church, organized in 1721. His family of nine children — five sons and 
four daughters — were severally born at Scarborough, Portsmouth and Kittery. 
The youngest of the family, 

James 3 Fogg, born at Kittery, 1704, married Elizabeth, daughter of Dea. 
James and Mary (Woodman) Fernald, of Kittery, inherited the homestead and 
passed his life on it as a farmer. He died in 1787. His family of ten children 
consisted of four sons and six daughters, of whom the youngest surviving, 

John 4 Fogg, born at Kittery, 1731, married Abigail, daughter of Dea. William 
and Katharine (Rogers) Leighton, continued the occupancy of the homestead 
and the ancestral occupation of husbandry, till his decease in 1827. He had a 
family of nine children, five daughters and four sons, of whom, 

William 5 Fogg, born at Kittery, 1790, married Elizabeth Deed, only child of 
Samuel and Rebekah Hill of Eliot. He inherited a portion of the paternal 
homestead and cultivated it till his death. He was a prominent citizen, filling 
various public offices. Of his family of five children — four sons and one daugh- 
ter — the only one who married was the subject of this notice, 

John Samuel Hill 6 Fogg, born at Eliot, May 21, 1826. He was educated at 
the South Berwick Academy, Bowdoin College and Harvard Medical School. 
He married, 1850 (1), Sarah Frances, daughter of Capt. John 6 Stockbriclge and 
Frances 5 Gordon of Exeter, N. H., who deceased in 1870. They had three sons 
born in Boston, viz. : 

i. William John Gordon 7 Fogg, b. 7 August 1851, grad. Harv. A.B. 1873, 
M.D. 1876; m. 4 Nov., 1880, Ella Frances, dau. Henry E. and Louise 
Bradlee of Calais, Me. He d. s.v.p. 27 February, 1894. 

ii. Charles Joseph Fogg, b. 29 October, 1853, d. 22 January, 1856. 

iii. Francis Joseph Fogg, b. 4 August, 1857, d. 10 March, 1871, a pupil in 
the Boston Latin School. 

Dr. Fogg married (2), 1872, Mary Griselda, daughter of Rev. Joseph Hart 
Clinch, D.D., rector of St. Matthew's church, South Boston, who survives him. 

Dr. Fogg settled in the practice of his profession in South Boston, directly 
upon graduation in medicine, and practised his profession with conspicuous 
success till he was disabled by paraplegic paralysis. He represented the city of 
Boston in the Legislature of 1855. He served on the School Committee from 
1869 continuously to 1873. He became a member of the New-England Historic 
Genealogical Society in 1858, and remained with us to the close of his life. On 
the retirement from his professional duties he entered with zeal upon genealogical 
and historical study and investigation and achieved a remarkable success. He 

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inherited a strong love for history from his father, who was conspicuous as a 
local historian. Dr. Fogg, with indefatigable industry, collected valuable docu- 
ments. He possessed the rare faculty of rightly estimating such values. He 
was seldom at fault in his judgment, and became a skilled expert in matters of 
Colonial history, and the personalities of the prominent men of those days. 
Bright in intellect, cheerful in spirit, patient in suffering, he never flinched from 
acceptance of the awful affliction which visited him. 

Dr. Fogg increased the moderate patrimony which he inherited, and left, sub- 
ject to the life interest of his widow, a considerable property to public uses in 
his native town, and to the Historical Society of Maine, his native state. He 
was a resident member, elected Feb. 3, 1858. He died at his residence in 
South Boston on Monday, October 16, 1893. 

By Geo. A. Gordon, A. M., of iSomerville, Mass. 

Alexander Gregg was born at Society Hill, Darlington District, South Caro- 
ina, 8 October, 1819, son of David and Athalinda (Brocky) Gregg, grandson 
of Capt. James and Mary (Wilson) Gregg, and great-grandson of John and 
Elinor Gregg of Williamsburg, S. C. He was graduated A. B. with the highest 
honors of the South Carolina college, at Columbia, in 1838, studied law, was 
admitted to the bar, and opened an office at Cheraw, S. C. A course of histori- 
cal reading led to a change in his conception of duty, and he became a candi- 
date for orders in the diocese of South Carolina, was ordered deacon in 1846, 
priest in 1847 and bishop in 1859. In 1847, he was called to the rectorship of 
St. David's church, Cheraw, S. C, and remained there till his election by the 
diocese of Texas, in 1859, as their first bishop. He was consecrated at Rich- 
mond, Va., in 1859, and straightway departed for his bishopric. He organized 
the new diocese and remained its bishop for thirty-three years. He died at 
Austin, Texas, on the 10th of July, 1893. 

Bishop Gregg's ancestry was from the Scotch Presbyterians who were placed, 
by Oliver Cromwell, in possession of the northern section of Ireland after the 
battle of Drogheda. A century later, in 1752, John and Joseph Gregg obtained 
from the provincial authorities of South Carolina, grants of large tracts of 
land on the waters of the Pedee river, in that province. With their associates 
they constituted the colony of Williamsburg. John Gregg was the father of 
four sons and three daughters. As a family, they had no special loyalty for the 
house of Hanover. They entered heartily into measures for the defence of the 
rights of the people, resisted the Stamp act and other aggressions of the King's 
cabinet, and on the outbreak of hostilities rendered efficient service under Gen. 
Marion. Before the war was fairly afoot in South Carolina John Gregg died, 
near the close of the year 1775. He was the bishop's great-grandfather. His 
grandfather, Capt. James Gregg, lived on the west side of the Pedee river, and 
was an earnest and valuable officer in the American revolution. 

Beside his work in his chosen profession, Bishop Gregg was the author of 
an historical work, the more gratifying that it was thoroughly local, and pre- 
served from oblivion the character and deeds of men of a high order of nobility 
of character, dwellers in a locality removed from the scene of important military 
action, but unfaltering in their devotion to the spirit of liberty. This work 
was entitled " History of the Old Cheraws." He was author, also, of several 
papers in magazines and encyclopedias on various historical features of Texas 
and the church in the southwest. In 1859, he was honored with the degree of 
D.D., which was followed by that of LL.D. He was chancellor of the uni- 
sity of the South, at Sewanee, Tenn. In 1876, he became a corresponding mem- 
ber of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society. His popularity in his 
diocese extended far beyond the limits of the church. The length of his incum- 
bency, the wisdom of his administration, his courtesy and kindliness of spirit 
towards all, warranted the epithet with which he was honored, " The best loved 
man in Texas." 

Lyman Mason, A.B. of Boston, Mass., elected a resident member November 
3, 1852, was born in Cavendish, Vermont, April 2, 1815, and died at Boston, 
February 9, 1894. 

He was the youngest of the eight children of Daniel and Betty (Spalding) 
Mason, and a direct descendant from Capt. Hugh Mason, the emigrant (who 
came from Ipswich, England, in 1634, and settled at Watertown with his wife 

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Esther) through John 2 and his wife Elizabeth (Hammond) , Daniel 3 and his wife 
Experience (Newcomb), Samuel 4 and his wife Esther (Mirick) of Newton and 
Watertown, and Daniel 5 and his wife Betty, above mentioned. His mother, 
Betty (Spalding) Mason, was the eighth child of William and Esther (Dutton) 
Spalding of Westford, Mass., and a lineal descendant of Edward Spalding, of 
Braintree, the emigrant. 

Daniel and Betty (Spalding) Mason were married at Cavendish, Vt., and set- 
tled there upon a large farm, some three miles from the village. There the 
large family was reared. The father died when Lyman was six years old, and 
he was then brought up by his mother, who was a woman of forceful character 
and spirit. Mr. Mason seems to have inherited from her his literary tastes and 
desire for an education. Among the hills, on the farm, he lived the life of a 
New England boy of his time, attending the district school in winter, working 
upon the farm the rest of the year. He attended the Duttonville Academy, in 
Cavendish, several terms, and there fitted for college. Mr. Mason entered 
Dartmouth College in 1835, and had the experience of many farmers' boys, whose 
ambition outran their financial means ; he had to teach school during a portion of 
his years, and work hard to " make up" his studies. During the last two years 
his vacations were spent in the study of the law, in the office of Mr. French, a 
neighboring lawyer. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1839. In the 
autumn of 1839, Mr. Mason received an appointment at " Western Keserve Col- 
lege," Hudson, Ohio, as teacher of Mathematics and Latin. After a year of 
hard work he resigned this position, and entered the law office of G. N. dim- 
ming of Zanesville, Ohio, a native of Windsor, Vt. In May, 1841, he was admit- 
ted to the bar, at Springfield, Ohio. Mr. Mason wrote to a classmate, at this 
time, that he did not consider his course of study sufficient preparation for the 
successful practice of the law, but that it seemed expedient in his case to take 
admission. Finding his health greatly impaired by confinement in the office and 
excessive study, he engaged in canvassing for a subscription agency, which 
gave him an opportunity to travel through parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vir- 
ginia. One year of this stirring out-door life restored his health so that he 
returned to Vermont in 1842, and was admitted to the bar in Woodstock, Vt., 
the same year. In the fall of 1842, he was appointed tutor in Dartmouth Col- 
lege, in which position he remained two years, and in this time entered his 
name, and pursued his law studies under the direction of Hon. Richard Fletch- 
er, of Boston. In August, 1844, he came to Boston and opened an office, and 
began the practice of law, in the old "Tudor Building," where he remained 
until 1881, when the building was torn down. He then removed his office to 24 
Congress Street, where he remained until his death. 

Mr. Mason was an able and trusted counsellor and attorney, and besides his 
general practice held the care of several large estates for many years. He did 
not seek public office, but in 1874 was elected to the State Legislature; and he 
served on the Boston School Committee from 1868 to 1874. He was treasurer 
of the American Statistical Society for many years, and a member of the Natural 
History Society. During the late years of his life he attended the " Old South 
Church " in Boston. 

Mr. Mason was of fine presence and impressive manners, carrying the con- 
viction to all of the true gentleman. I have before me many testimonials, of 
those who knew him best, of his nobility of character and sweetness of disposi- 
tion. Many men who are now successful have cause to remember a kindly 
hand of help in their time of struggle, and many outside his own home will 
remember his large sympathy and ready assistance. 

Mr. Mason married at Cincinnati, Ohio, May 25, 1853, Mary Lucretia, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Reuben D. Mussey. Mrs. Mason died March 19, 1889. Mr. Mason, 
though feeble in health for two years, continued his practice until a few days 
before his death. Three daughters survive him : Katie Mussey Mason, Mary 
Lyman Mason, and Elizabeth Spalding Mason. 

By Bev. George Madison Bodge, A.M., Leominster, Mass. 

Col. Roland Greene Usher was born at Medford, January 6, 1823, and died 
at Lynn, March 5, 1895. He was elected a resident member of this Society 
February 8, 1869, and became a life member in 1875. 

Colonel Usher was descended in direct line from Robert Usher, the English 
emigrant of this branch, who came, with his brother Hezekiah, to Massachu- 

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setts, previous to 1638. He soon removed to Connecticut and settled at Stara* 
ford, where he lived, a man of wealth and influence, until his death in 16G9. 
His son Robert 2 settled at Dunstable (now Nashua, N. H.) and had a son John, 3 
born May 31, 1696, who had a son Robert, 4 born April 9, 1730, who lived at Mer- 
rimack and Medford, Mass., and whose youngest son was Eleazar, 6 born No- 
vember 23, 1770. Eleazar 5 lived at Medford, married Fanny Bucknam, Oct. 6, 
1799, and by her had eleven children, of whom the youngest was Roland Greene 6 
Usher, the subject of this sketch. 

At ten years of age young Usher removed, with his older brothers, James and 
Leonard, to Lynn, where they engaged in a bakery business in a small way, the 
younger brother assisting, and having some time to attend school. His health 
being very frail he was sent for two years to live with his sister Lyclia at Lon- 
donderry, N. H., after which he returned to Lynn, and was apprenticed to Mr. 
John Lovejoy to learn the morocco-dresser's trade, which calling he followed 
for seven years. He married June 5, 1844, Caroline M., daughter of Daniel L. 
Mudge of Lynn, to whose loving care was due in large measure his restoration 
to health and the development of the qualities which made him so useful in 
many ways to his fellow men. 

In 1847 Mr. Usher engaged in the business of ready-made clothing, a novel 
pursuit then, but with his care and devotion to it he achieved fair success. In 
1861, at the breaking out of the war, his interest in military matters, and promi- 
nence in public affairs, withdrew him from a business career and held him, dur- 
ing his after life, in public office. As early as 1840 he had joined the "Lynn 
Light Infantry," and was afterwards elected first lieutenant of the company, 
and upon the organization of the Eighth Regiment was appointed lieutenant- 
colonel. When this regiment left for Washington, April 17, 1861, Colonel 
Usher was placed upon the staff as regimental paymaster. In July, 1861, he was 
commissioned by President Lincoln as a paymaster in the United States army, 
in which office he served until the close of the war, holding successively the 
appointments of paymaster-in-chief of the "Department of the Gulf," the 
"Department of Annapolis," and the "Department of Virginia and North 
Carolina," having supervision of some thirty subordinate paymasters. After 
the war, and upon the reorganization of the State militia, in 1866, Colonel Usher 
was appointed aide-de-camp to Major-General B. F. Butler, and held that office 
for ten years. In January, 1866, he was elected Mayor of Lynn, and served in 
that office three years, during which time great improvements were made in the 
reorganization of the police force, the new City Hall was erected and dedi- 
cated, and a complete system of sewerage was begun. He was elected and 
served as a member of the Massachusetts Council through three years, under 
Governors Bullock and Claflin. March 3, 1871, he was appointed by General 
Grant — then President — United States Marshal for the district of Massachu- 
setts, and was reappointed in 1875. February 14, 1883, he was appointed by 
Governor Butler, warden of the State Prison, and held that position until 

Colonel Usher was a member of the Masonic order, and received the Master's 
degree October 27, 1856, in Mount Carmel Lodge, in Lynn. He received the 
Knight Templar degree in Olivet Commandery February 3, 1875. In February, 
1844, he was initiated a member of Siloam Lodge of Odd Fellows, in Boston, 
and afterwards joined the Bay State Lodge, of which he became Noble Grand 
in 1847. 

He was a comrade of General Lander Post 5, G. A. R. He was a valued mem- 
ber St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and took a warm interest in its prosperity. 

Colonel Usher was public spirited and ever ready to give of his time, talent 
and means to whatever cause concerned the public welfare. 

Two of the four children of Colonel Usher survive him : Edward Preston 
and Caroline Mudge, wife of Rev. Allen Harlow, an Episcopal minister in Tren- 
ton, New Jersey, 

By Rev. George M. Bodge, Leominster, Mass. 

Howland Holmes, A.M., M.D., of Lexington, a resident member, elected 
April 7, 1875, was born in Halifax, Plymouth County, Jan. 10, 1816, the son of 
Howland and Huldah (Copeland) Holmes. He traced his ancestry to John 
Holmes of Plymouth (1632) and, on his mother's side, to John Mden. 

He attended school at Bridgewater and at Phillips Exeter Academy, and was 
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graduated at Harvard in 1843, taking his medical degree in '48. He taught 
school at Belmont, Charlestown, and elsewhere in the intervals of study. He 
spent a year in Europe, attending medical lectures in Paris and visiting the 
hospitals of London. 

Dr. Holmes began practice in West Cambridge (Arlington), where he found 
his wife, Sarah Maria Wellington, daughter of William Cotting. They were 
married August 28, 1849, at Albany, N. Y. In 1851 they moved to Lexington 
and made that their permanent home. 

By his skill and sympathy Dr. Holmes acquired an extensive practice. He 
was always willing to respond to the calls of the poor. As a citizen he partici- 
pated freely in municipal affairs, having plans and convictions of his own which 
he was always ready to advocate. Few subjects of importance came up in town 
meetings upon which he did not have something to say. He was a zealous pro- 
moter of several public measures which were of distinct advantage to the town. 
He originated a society for planting shade trees in 1853, and was an early mem- 
ber of the Farmers' Club. He served on many town committees and was an 
efficient member of the School Board. He was interested in the organization of 
the Cary Library in Lexington, and founded the Holmes Library in his native 
town. He enjoyed his membership in the Massachusetts Medical Society, the 
Middlesex East District Medical Society, and in the New-England Historic 
Genealogical Society, and attended the meetings with great regularity. Several 
of his papers on medical subjects were published. 

Dr. Holmes inherited the sturdy qualities of his ancestors. Having been 
brought up on a farm he acquired that love of out-door work which was a char- 
acteristic of his whole life. His fruit and flower garden was one of the best in 
the village. 

He was social, generous, hospitable, of medium stature, of a ruddy complex- 
ion and active temperament. His wife, a son and a daughter survive him. 

He lived nearly four score years — more than a quarter of the entire period 
covered by our country's history. In his childhood he might have listened to 
some one who had known a man who had talked with the Pilgrim Fathers. 

The manner of his departure was noteworthy. On the 16th of November, 1893, 
he drove down to Medford to take a basket of fruit of his own raising to some 
friends, and upon his return, as he crossed the Mystic River — how signifi- 
cant the name — at the same moment he passed over Jordan, and his spirit 
took its flight. The simple vehicle in which he had so often driven on his 
earthly ministrations bore him at last to his journey's end. 

By Bev. Edward G. Porter, A.M., of Dorchester. 

Austin Jacobs Coolidge, A.M., LL.B., son of Dea. Josiah and Mary (Hast- 
ings) Coolidge, was born in Cambridge, Mass., April 18, 1824; married April 
23, 1862, Susan Gibson, daughter of William and Susan (Spurr) Marshall; and 
died, without issue, in Watertown, Mass., March 20, 1895. His earliest ances- 
tor in America was John Coolidge, who settled in Watertown about 1630, where 
are still standing the gravestones of himself and his wife Mary. The name is 
traceable to " de Coulinge" of the time of Edward the First, and is probably 
derived from the village of Couling in Cambridgeshire, Eng. The griffin and 
fleur-de-lis seem to have been connected with the family arms. Austin J. Cool- 
idge traces his descent through fourteen generations in direct line to Thomas 
Colyng of Arrington, Eng., as follows: Austin Jacobs, 14 Josiah, 13 Joshua, 12 
Joseph, 11 Simon, 10 Obadiah, 9 Simon, 8 John, 7 William, 6 Simeon, 5 John 4 (Colyng), 
Thomas, 3 John, 2 Thomas. 1 

Mr. Coolidge fitted for college at the Worcester Academy, graduated from 
Harvard College in 1847, from the Harvard Law School in 1850, and was admit- 
ted to the Suftblk bar in 1852. He engaged in teaching after graduating from 
college, but very soon turned to the law, which he practiced more or less through 
life, though his last twenty years were almost wholly devoted to commercial 
pursuits. He was at the head of the New England Machine Company in Boston, 
and for many years Secretary of the Mount Auburn Corporation. 

He was an officer of the Watertown Historical Society, and a member of the 
New-England Historic Genealogical Society, and his training and tastes fitted 
him specially for historical work. In 1860 he published, as joint author with 
John B. Mansfield, the first volume of "A History and Description of New 

1896.] Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society* 95 

England, General and Local," embracing Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. 
The outbreak of the civil war unfortunately prevented the appearance of the 
remaining volume, which had been prepared for the press. 

He was a public spirited citizen and a staunch republican from the beginning 
of the party. He was a member of several social organizations, and greatly 
interested in educational and religious work. He was for a time on the School 
Board of Cambridge, and for seventeen years the very efficient Clerk of the 
Old Cambridge Baptist Church of which he was an original member. He was 
always genial, kindly and unselfish, more mindful of the welfare and happiness 
of others than of his own personal interests. 

By Bev. Sylvanus Hayward, A.M., Globe Village, 3Iass. 

Franklin Leonard Pope, Esq., a resident member, elected March 2, 1887, 
was born in Great Barrington, Mass., Dec. 2, 1840. He was of the line of 
Thomas Pope, a resident of Plymouth in 1G32, afterwards one of the founders 
of Dartmouth. He was a son of Ebenezer 7 (Capt. Ebenezer, 6 Seth,* Seth, 4 
John, 3 Seth 2 ) and Electa Leonard (Wainwright). He married, Aug. 8, 1873, 
Sarah Amelia, daughter of Captain M. Fayette and Hannah (Williams) Dick- 
inson of Amherst, Mass. Three children of this union survive, viz. : Hannah 
Dickinson, Amy Margaretta, and Franklin Leonard Wainwright. 

Mr. Pope began manly life early; was a telegraph operator in 1857 in his 
native town, and then in Springfield, Providence and New York. Here, during 
the draft riots of 1863, he personally joined the fragments of demolished wires 
to establish communication between New York and Boston. He was made 
assistant engineer of that party which undertook to establish a telegraph line 
between San Francisco and Russia by way of Behring's Straits ; which made the 
first exploration of the country between the Skeena, Stickeen and Yukon rivers, 
1865-67. He made important inventions in printing, telegraph and electric mat- 
ters. Was a prominent patent solicitor in these subjects, and an expert con- 
sulting engineer in all electrical affairs, whose services were appreciated highly 
by Westinghouse and other strong operators. With Edison in 1870 he invented 
the one-wire printing telegraph or " ticker," and in 1872 he invented the rail 
circuit for automatically controlling block signals. He was president of the 
American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1885-6 ; was editor of " The Elec- 
trical Engineer" several years. The re-construction of the Great Barrington 
electrical plant was one of his recent undertakings. He wrote many articles 
for the magazines, giving sometimes scientific theses, but oftener simple state- 
ments of the marvels of electricity. His published works were : Modern Prac- 
tice of the Electric Telegraph, New York, Russell Bros., 1869, of which the 
14th edition was issued in 1891, 234 pp., 8vo. ; Life and Works of Joseph Henry, 
New York, Van Nostrancl, 1879, 31 pp. ; The Western Boundary of Massachu- 
setts, a study of Indian and colonial life, Pittsfielcl, 1886, 61 pp., 8vo. ; Evolu- 
tion of the Incandescent Lamp, Elizabeth, N. J., H. Cook, 1889, 91 pp., 8vo., 
Capt. Ebenezer Pope of Great Barrington, privately printed; Genealogy of 
Thomas Pope (1608-1683) and some of his descendants, Boston, D. Clapp & Son, 
1888, 22 pp., 8vo. 

He resided many years at Elizabeth, N. J., having his office in New York city ; 
the past year he spent at Great Barrington, in the house his ancestors had occu- 
pied, which he had re-modeled and converted into an elegant residence. 

Death came to him in his cellar, where he had gone to adjust the electric light 
apparatus. The family heard him fall, his lamp explode, and found him lifeless 
under the power of 3,000 volts of electric current ; a conspicuous victim of that 
force he had so deeply studied, so clearly explained, so extensively controlled, 
but against which even the wisest and wariest cannot be infallibly insured. 
Mr. Pope will be widely mourned ; for in addition to his penetrating mind and 
admirable powers of investigation and expression, which promised to accom- 
plish still more in various departments, he had remarkable personal qualities, 
which endeared him to very many relatives and friends. 

By Bev. Charles H. Bope, A.M., of Cambridge. 

Benjamin Pierce Cheney, A.M., a life member of this Society from 1870, 
born in Hillsborough, N.H., Aug. 12, 1815, was son of Jesse and Alice (Steele) Che- 
ney. He was named for the village squire, ex-governor of the state, the father 
of one of the presidents of the United States. He received a present of three sheep 

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In recognition of the naming. The sheep had to be killed because of a great 
drought, and the boy had no other dowry; but he entered life's tournament 
with the courage and sagacity of the Cheney family. Hard times made it im- 
possible for his parents to furnish him any extended schooling or the least cap- 
ital. But he found something to do and did it well. As a young man he handled 
the reins so skilfully and treated passengers so politely that he became a popular 
stage-driver on the route to Boston. His chief success was as travelling bank- 
er, conveyer of valuable parcels, particularly those containing money. Here he 
showed rare fidelity and ability; and won such fame that the united stage com- 
panies of the Montreal and Boston lines selected him to reside in Boston and 
manage their whole business of forwarding money and goods. Not rendered vain 
by such a position and a salary larger than any bank cashier in the metropolis 
was then receiving, he kept on systematizing and improving his methods and 
developing an industry. He profited by the example of W. F. Harnden, who 
created and gave the name to the " Express" business in its modern form, and 
of Alvin Adams who was engaged in it from 1840 onward; and while he stood 
by old employees and old principles he availed himself of every new mode of 
transportation and opening for business. He keenly perceived favorable pros- 
pects in real estate or railroad interests and discriminated sagaciously when 
new projects were suggested. Operating with various associates he at length 
rose to be treasurer of the great United States and Canada Express Company. 
He also possessed heavy shares in some of the most prosperous railways of the 

He always recognized the rights of others, and took the greatest care of all 
that they entrusted to him. Many prospered because he protected their wealth : 
it was fair that he should become wealthy in such a course. He gave $12,000 
to erect in Concord, N. H., a bronze statue of Daniel Webster, and $50,000 to 
the great college of his native state. These are shining samples of his benefi- 
cence. His charming gardens and grounds at Wellesley, so much enjoyed by 
multitudes, indicated his refined tastes. He well deserved the honorary degree 
of Master of Arts which Dartmouth conferred upon him, for his achievements 
in business were an art, and he patronized and grew in all true culture. It has 
been said of him that " he had no aspirations for public office ; that in religion he 
never forgot the foundation, namely that of being a sober, energetic, industrious, 
honest, humble, God-fearing man." 

He was in the eighth generation (Jesse, 7 Elias, 6 Tristram, 5 John, 4 John, 3 
Peter 2 ,) from John 1 and Martha Cheney, who came in 1635 to Roxbury and removed 
in 1636 to Newbury, where they were valuable members of church and community. 
The intermarrying lines were amoug our worthiest New England people. His 
wife is a descendant of Rev. Samuel Whiting of Lynn and Elizabeth St. John, 
who traced her lineage back to ten European sovereigns. But he made no boast 
of family. He felt and proved the truth of that motto of the English Cheneys, 
" Fato pmdentia major," which may be paraphrased thus: Wise energy is 
mightier than circumstances. 

He married June 6, 1865, a representative of one of the best Dorchester fami- 
lies, Elizabeth Stickney, daughter of Mr. Asahel and Elizabeth S. (Whiting) 
Clap, distantly related to him through the Clap line. They were blessed with 
five children: Benjamin Pierce junior, Alice, Charles P., Mary and Elizabeth, 
all of whom survive him. He has resided a portion of the time in his Marl- 
borough street home in this city, and part at his lovely villa in Wellesley. He 
died July 23, 1895, having rounded out a long, useful, successful life. 

By JRev. Charles H. Pope, A.M., of Cambridge. 

Hon. Warren Ladd, a resident member, elected May 7, 1884, died at his 
home in New Bedford, Mass., on the 20th of February, 1895. New Bedford has 
lost one of her most highly esteemed citizens, and the New-England Genealogi- 
cal Society a valued member and contributor. Mr. Ladd was specially interested 
in genealogical research, and, two years before his death, published a three- 
hundred page book on the Ladd family. The following sketch of his life 
is taken chiefly from the History of Bristol County. He was in the front 
ranks of progress and reform in all municipal, social and political movements. 
He was born in that part of Bradford, Mass., now Groveland, on the 21st of 
July, 1813. His line runs back to Daniel Lacld, who came to this country in the 
Mary and John in 1633, and who was one of the original settlers of Haverhill. 

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On his mother's side he was a descendant of Richard Ingersol, who came from 
Bedfordshire, Euglaud, in 1627, and settied at Salem. Mr. Lacld's mother was 
Sarah Ingersol, a daughter of Colonel Zebulon and Ruth (Moody) Ingersol. 
Her father was a soldier in the Revolution. Another ancestor was Rev. James 
Noyes, who came over in the Mary and John in 1633, " driven," wrote Cotton 
Mather, " out of the nation for his non-conformity to its unhappy ceremonies 
in the worship of God." His father was a prominent citizen of Groveland for 
many years, held many of the offices in the gift of the town, was postmaster 
and a leading member of the Congregational church. 

Warren Ladd was educated at the public schools of Bradford and at the Mer- 
rimac academy. He went to New Bedford on the first of July, 1840, and en- 
tered the employ of the New Bedford & Taunton railroad company as clerk in 
its freight office. Soon he became freight agent, and then general agent. In 
1862 he was appointed general superintendent of the road, a position which he 
held until 1877, when the consolidation with tiie Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg 
road resulted in an entire change of management. His connection with the 
road covered the entire period from its opening till its consolidation with the 
other road, an extent of about thirty-seven years. In April, 1877, he was elected 
president and superintendent of the New Bedford & Fairhaven street railway, 
and remained in that place till the company surrendered its charter, and entered 
into the combination with a competing road, ten years later. He has been con- 
nected with several corporations as a director, and was one of the trustees of 
the Five Cents Savings Bank of New Bedford. 

Mr. Ladd always took a deep interest in public affairs, and was constant and 
faithful in the performance of his duties as a citizen. His spare time in his 
early life, and indeed so long as he lived, was earnestly devoted to reading on 
every subject which could store his mind with useful knowledge. He early 
became interested in municipal affairs, and for many years was prominent in 
their direction. Four years — 1851, '52, '53 and '57 — he was a member of the 
Common Council of New Bedford, and in one of them its president, and five 
years — 1861, '62, '63, '64 and '65 — he was a member of the Board of Aldermen. 
In November, 1868, he was elected a member of the School Committee, but he 
resigned before the expiration of his first year, saying that he had not the leis- 
ure to discharge its duties with satisfaction to himself or with that fulness and 
faithfulness which his constituents had a right to expect. For many years he 
was a trustee of the free public library. A high authority gives him the credit 
of being its father. When the corner stone of the present library building was 
laid, Mayor Howland used these words iu his address: "On the 8th of the 
seventh month (July) of the same year (1851) Warren Ladd, a member of the 
Common Couucil from ward one, introduced an order into that branch of the 
City Government, for the raising of a committee to consider the expedience of 
establishing in this city a free public library. The order was adopted, but was 
non-concurred in by the board of aldermen. This is believed to be the first 
order ever introduced into any representative body for the establishment of 
such an institution, and to this gentleman must, and does, belong the honor of 
having taken the initiatory step toward the establishment of the library for the 
public by the people themselves." Only a few years later the library was estab- 
lished, and no doubt Mr. Ladd's order prepared the way for it. 

Mr. Ladd was a determined advocate of the introduction of water into the 
city of New Bedford, when the idea was not popular. At that time the oppo- 
sition was exceedingly powerful, including a large share of what were then 
known as " our leading citizens." He saw into the future better than they did, 
and his attitude is exhibited in this extract from a report made by him to the 
City Council, as a member of a committee to consider the subject: "Your 
committee are fully of the opinion that the introduction of an ample supply of 
pure water into the city is an imperative necessity, and one which should not 
be much longer delayed. It is the part of wise statesmanship to look at the 
future, to anticipate its wants, and guard against its casualties. Cities, like 
men, flourish and prosper only by their own exertions, and it becomes those 
whom the people have placed in power to be equal to the present emergency. 
We have the interest and the honor of the city in our hands. We know its 
wants and necessities, and can comprehend the crisis in our affairs. Shall we 
grasp and control the crisis, turn it with a steady hand to our interest and pros- 
perity, or allow it silently and timidly to pass by and float beyond our reach? 

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Shall we legislate only for to-day, and shrink from looking the great future in 
the face, or shall we, knowing the necessity and perceiving the remedy, fear- 
lessly perform our duty?" These were words which had a great influence in- 
determining the course of the wavering City Council. Mr. Ladd was one of the 
three commissioners under whose direction the water works were built. 

He was foremost in the improvement of the Are department, introducing into 
the Common Council the first order for the appointment of a committee to con- 
sider the expediency of procuring a steam fire engine. In this matter, more 
than that of the water works, he had to encounter a stubborn conservatism. 
There was a most persistent opposition to the New-England machine, which 
really never ceased until after a steamer had appeared in New Bedford and 
demonstrated beyond all cavil its superiority to a hand engine. Mr. Lacld's pro- 
gressiveness was never more favorably shown than in his championship of the 
steam fire engine. 

In politics Mr. Ladd was originally a Whig, but he became a Republican early 
in that party's history, and adhered to it till his death. For many years he was 
a member of the Republican city committee, and for a time its chairman. In 
1876 he was presidential elector for the first congressional district. He contrib- 
uted largely to the newspapers on political and other subjects. Much of his 
work in this direction was vigorous and forcible. 

Mr. Ladd cherished a deep interest in historical and genealogical matters, and 
became a member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society on the 7th 
of May, 1884, and here continued to the end of his life. He was also a member 
of the Webster Historical Society and the Old Colony Historical Society. 

He was married Nov. 22, 1842, to Lucy Washburn Kingman, a daughter of 
Hon. Abel and Elizabeth (Manly) Kingman of North Bridgewater, and their 
golden wedding, celebrated in 1892, was one of the pleasantest occasions of its 
kind. They had five children. [One of them is Hon. Herbert Warren Ladd, for 
two years Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Chairmau of the New State 
House Commission, and widely known as the head of one of the large dry goods 
establishments in the city of Providence.] 

By Hon. Herbert W. Ladd, A.M.., of Providence, B. I. 

William Henry Emery, Esq., of Boston, was born inBiddeford, Me., March 
22, 1822, and died in Newton, Mass., November 28, 1893. He was elected a resi- 
dent member of this Society January 7, 1877. lie was descended from John 
Emery, one of the early settlers of New England. The family line is as fol- 
lows : — 

William Henry Emery 8 , Isaac 7 , Thomas 6 , Thomas 6 , James 4 , James 3 , Anthony 2 , 
John 1 . Anthony 2 came to this country in 1635, in the " bark James" of Lon- 
don. Isaac Emery 7 was aid to Governor Paris of Maine, and a member of the 
Committee to receive Lafayette in 1824. He was also a member of Governor 
Boutwell's Council, and one of the founders of the John Hancock Life Insur- 
ance Company. His mother, Faith Bigelow, was a descendant of the noted 
Ann Hutchinson, also of Philip Savage, Chairman of the " Tea Party" meeting 
in the Old South Meeting House, December 16, 1773. 

Mr. Emery was educated at Thornton Academy, Saco, Me. At the age of 18 
he engaged in the coal trade, which afterwards became his life business, though 
he was for some years Entry Clerk in the Custom House. He was a man highly 
respected aucl sought for to fill positions of trust. He was a member of the 
Masonic Fraternity and a trustee of the Franklin Savings bank. He gave a 
good deal of time to genealogical researches. He had those traits of character 
which made him a great favorite, exceptionally popular in an extended social 
circle, "a man to be sadly missed," honorably known as a business man. His 
fellow tradesmen testify that "he earned and well maintained the title of a 
good citizen, an upright merchant, and an honest man, who could always be 
relied upon in the various duties and trusts in life." 

He married first, October 5, 1847, Sarah R., daughter of Thomas Haviland of 
Boston. She died October 16, 1855, leaving two daughters, Mary Haviland and 
Helen Bigelow. He next married, October 22, 1856, Eliza Bishop, daughter of 
Nathaniel Holmes Bishop of Medford, Mass., by whom he had Eliza Kate, Wil- 
liam Bishop, and Heber Bishop. 

By Bev. Sylvanus Haywood, A.M., Globe Village, Mass. 

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Joiin Brooks Fenno, Esq., a resident member, elected May 7, 1873, was a 
son of John and Temperance (Harding) Fenno, and was born in Charlestown, 
March 3, 1816. He was sixth in descent from John Fenno, one of the early set- 
tlers of Dorchester, who came there with his mother, Rebecca Fenno, she being 
a widow, his line being Rebecca, 1 John, 2 Ephraim, 3 John, 4 Samuel, 5 John, 6 John 
Brooks. 7 

He was named for Governor John Brooks, who was the family physician. 
He was educated in the public schools of Boston, graduating at the English 
High School in the class of 1832, and winning two Franklin medals during his 
school course. After his graduation he became connected with the importing 
house of Thomas and Edward Motley and remained till the dissolution of that 
firm. In 1841 he went into partnership with John Wetherell and George A. 
Whitney, under the firm name of Wetherell, Whitney and Company, which did 
a dry goods business at 59 Kilby street. In 1844 the firm was changed to Whit- 
ney & Fenno, subsequently to Fenno, Foster and Badger, and later to Fenno 
and Jones. 

He went into the general commission business in 1864 with John L. Childs, 
forming the firm of Fenno and Childs, afterwards Fenno, Abbott & Co., and 
in 1874 Fenno, Son & Co. In 1879 he retired from business and remained out 
of active business life till his death, February 14, 1894. 

In politics he was an ardent Whig, and later a stanch Republican, but declined 
to accept any public office. He was not a member of any club, but was a mem- 
ber of the Bostonian Society, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the 
Natural History Society. He had been a member of the New-England Historic 
Genealogical Society since 1873 and was a member of Trinity Church and a 
vestryman for several years. 

He married in 1844 Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Smith of Smith- 
town, Long Island, N. Y., who inherited the lands purchased by his ancestors 
of the Indians, the previous owners, also granddaughter of General Nathaniel 
Woodhull, who was killed in the battle of Long Island in the war of the Ameri- 
can Revolution. 

They had four children — Edward Nicholl, Lawrence Carteret, John Brooks 
and Florence Harding. The two oldest sons succeeded to their father's busi- 
ness. The daughter married Walter Carey Tuckerman of New York. 

By David H. Brown, Esq., of West 3fedford, Mass. 

John Heard, Esq., a life member since May 4, 1870, was born in Ipswich, 
September 14, 1824; and died in Boston, February 19, 1894. He was the son of 
George W. and Elizabeth Ann (Farley) Heard. His mother was a granddaugh- 
ter of General Michael Farley of the Revolutionary army. Mr. Heard descends 
from Luke Heard, an early settler of Ipswich. In his youth he received train- 
ing at Greenleaf's school, Salem, from thence he went to the Andover Academy, 
and on the removal of his father to Boston he entered its public schools. His 
eyes were a source of trouble and he gave up school, making voyages to Cuba 
and Russia. He soon entered the employ of his uncle Augustine Heard, and 
accompanied him to Hong Kong in 1841. The opium war was then in progress. 
Mr. Heard soon became a partner and before he was twenty-one was the head of 
the Augustine Heard & Co. Tea House in China, his uncle returning in 1844. 
Mr. Heard remained in China until 1852, when he was absent four years, during 
which time he came to America and travelled in India and Europe. A year after 
the treaty had been made with Japan in 1859, Mr. Heard was invited to go 
with the Hon. Townsend Harris, the American Minister, to Yeddo. He was the 
first civilian to enter Japan, and his ship which came to take him back was the 
first merchant vessel that had ever passed the Straits of Uraga. He was also 
the first civilian to go up the Yangtse River. In 1861, the war culminated in a 
treaty by which China agreed to open three ports on the Yangtse River. Lord 
Elgin with a small squadron made an expedition to look at his new possessions, 
and Mr. Heard went soon after to Hankow, a distance of six hundred miles, in a 
steamboat belonging to his House. The river was entirely unknown and before 
then no foreigners had been admitted into the interior of China. In 1861 he 
was made the Portugese Consul, also the Russian Consul, and received honors 
from each of these governments. After 1862 Mr. Heard did not return to China 
excepting for a brief trip in 1876. 

Mr. Heard married in 1867 Alice Leeds, daughter of the Rev. George Leeds, 

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D.D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia. A daughter and two sons 
were born to them, one of which sons died. Mr. Heard died at Boston, and his 
remains were interred in the family tomb, Ipswich, where he maintained a 
residence. Mr. Heard was member of the Board of Trustees of Public Library, 
Ipswich — which library was founded by his uncle. Though many years were 
spent in China, yet there was no spot so beautiful to him as his native town. 
He rejoiced in all her interests, and New England with its peculiar institutions 
was a source of pride. 
By Rev. Anson Titus, of Somerville, Mass. 

Henry Augustus Gowing, Esq., son of John Hill and Sophia Viles (Bige- 
low) Gowing, was born in Weston, Mass., Aug. 2, 1834; married Sept. 8, 1859, 
Clara Elizabeth, only child of Dr. Franklin Fletcher and Mary Ann (Wentworth) 
Patch; and died in Boston, Dec. 14, 1894, leaving a widow and two children: 
Mrs. Mary Sophia Richardson and Franklin Patch Gowing. His earliest ances- 
tor in America was Robert Gowing from Edinburgh, Scotland, who settled in 
Lynn, was made a Freeman at Dedham in 1639, and married Elizabeth Brock in 
1644. The line of descent was Henry Augustus, 7 John Hill, 6 Samuel, 5 James, 4 
Samuel, 3 John, 2 Robert. 1 

Mr. Gowing was educated in private schools at Waltham and Boston. In 1853 
he obtained a position with J. W. Blodgett & Co., dry goods merchants of Bos- 
ton, where he remained five years. He then accepted the position of book- 
keeper with Dodge Bros. & Co., and became a member of the firm in 1868. He 
continued in the business under changing names of the same firm, which at the 
time of his death was " Gowing, Sawyer & Co. of Boston and New York." He 
held a high position in trade, as a man of business capacity and thorough in- 
tegrity, whose " word was as good as his bond." His wide acquaintance, long 
experience, and well-earned popularity, contributed largely to the great success 
of the firm. 

In politics, Mr. Gowing was always a republican, having cast his first vote 
for Fremont for president. Never desiring a public office, he was an earnest 
Christian citizen, and an enthusiastic promoter of whatever he believed to be 
for the best good of the country, state, city, or town in which he lived. 

He belonged to the Sons of the Revolution, to the Boston Art Club, and to the 
New-England Historic Genealogical Society, having been elected a resident 
member December 7, 1870. 

He was fond of Nature, delighting in the simple pleasures of gardening, and 
all out-door life, and had a wonderful love of flowers, especially when growing 
wild in field and forest. For many years he made his summer home in the old 
house where he was born, and here found his most restful and happy recrea- 

He joined the Baptist Church in early life. His religious belief was " broad 
and settled," gladly accepting the best in all denominations. In his daily life he 
always trusted to a Higher Wisdom for guidance, and gave God the glory for 
all he received. 

A boulder carried from his own farm to Forest Hills marks the place of his 

By Rev. Sylvanus Hayward, A.M., Globe Village, Mass. 

David Pulsifer, A.M., a resident member, elected June 2, 1847, died at 
Augusta, Me., August 9, 1894, in his 92d year, and was buried in Mount Pleasant 
Cemetery, in that city, by the side of his wife. He was the fourth son of Capt. 
David and Mrs. Sarah (Stanwood) Pulsifer of Ipswich, Mass., in which town 
he was born on Wednesday, September 22, 1802. He began going to school 
when he was four years old. The school was kept in the house where Rev. 
John Norton lived, who was settled, in 1636, as colleague of Rev. Nathaniel 
Ward, author of the Simple Cobler of Aggawam, which book Mr. Pulsifer 
edited and published nearly two centuries after the author's death. 

" When I was about six years old," Mr. Pulsifer wrote to me, " I was sent 
to the Middle District School. While there, when I was about eleven years 
old, our master, Rev. Ebenezer Hubbard, called to me from his desk, ' David, 
don't you want a book to read? ' I went to the desk and he handed me a volume 
of Mavor's Voyages, in which was an account of Sir Walter Raleigh's Voyages, 
which interested me in Sir Walter exceedingly. . . . When President James 
Monroe visited New England, I stood with my schoolmates in honor of the 
president while he rode slowly by us with his hat in his hand. 

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" When I was fifteen years of age I went to Salem to learn the art of book- 
binding of Mr. Isaac Cushing. While there, Benjamin R. Nichols, Esq., brought 
all the original records of Plymouth Colony, from 1620 to 1686, and had them 
interleaved and newly bound. He also brought the copies that he had made, 
and Hazard's Historical Collections, containing the Acts of the Commissioners' 
of the United Colonies. I made copies of the Plymouth Charter, Myles Stan- 
dish's Will and Inventory, and some Quaker ' Railing Papers.' 

" Rev. William Bentley came to the bindery occasionally, and would bring a 
book and stay till it was done, saying, as he came, < I have brought a book to 
be stabadoed,' meaning not to be taken apart. He was very much interested in 
the Plymouth records." 

Before Mr. Pulsif er was twenty-one years old he entered the office of Ichabod 
Tucker, clerk of the Essex County Courts. There he remained about eight 
years. In February, 1841, he came to Boston, and was employed as a book- 
keeper by James Munroe & Co., publishers and booksellers. He was afterwards 
employed in the offices of the Clerk of the Courts and Registry of Deeds in the 
County of Middlesex, and transcribed several of the ancient books of record in 
each office. He had then become familiar with the handwriting of the seven- 
teenth century, and gained a high reputation for his skill in deciphering it. He 
also copied the records of the old County of Norfolk, which comprised the por- 
tion of the present County of Essex north of the Merrimac and a part of the 
present State of New Hampshire. For the American Antiquarian Society he 
copied the first volume of the Massachusetts Colony Records, a part of which 
was published by that society in the third volume of its transactions. The 
printing of the records was discontinued when, in May, 1853, the Massachusetts 
General Court voted to print its early colony records. Hon. Nathaniel B. 
Shurtleff, M. D., was appointed editor of the work, and Mr. Pulsif er was em- 
ployed as copyist. Mr. Pulsifer's copy of the first volume was purchased of 
the Antiquarian Society by the State, and was used in printing the work. After 
the issue of the Massachusetts Colony Records to 1688 was completed in five 
volumes, the State authorized the printing of the Plymouth Colony Records, 
and Dr. ShurtlefT was appointed editor. Mr. Pulsif er copied a large portion of 
both works, though others assisted. In 1858, after the issue of six volumes 
(bound in four) of the Plymouth Records, Mr. Pulsifer succeeded Dr. Shurt- 
leff as editor, and completed the work in twelve volumes. The tenth and 
eleventh volumes of these records comprise the Acts of the Commissioners of 
the United Colonies, and the editing of them is a model of thoroughness. 
Nearly the whole of two or more volumes, which do not bear his name as edi- 
tor, were edited by him, the title-pages and a few pages of the text of each 
work having been stereotyped before his appointment. An account of the 
printing of these records and Mr. Pulsifer's connection with it may be found in 
the Register for July 1885, pages 284-6. See also notices in the Register for 
October 1858, page 85, by Hon. Timothy Farrar, LL.D., and the editor, Samuel 
G. Drake, A.M. 

Mr. Pulsifer continued to be a clerk in the office of the Secretary of State till 
about a dozen years before his death. He married, in 1867, Mrs. Lucie Whaer, 
whose maiden name was Safford. She was a daughter of James and Mary Saf- 
forcl, and was born at China, Me. She died at Boston, October 28, 1887, aged 
65, and was buried at Augusta, Me. 

He published : 1. " Inscriptions from the Burying Grounds at Salem," 8vo, 
1837; 2. "A Guide to Boston and Vicinity," 12mo, 1860. This was based on 
" Sights in Boston and Suburbs," by the late R. L. Midgley, whose copyright 
and plates he purchased. 3. " Account of the Battle of Bunker Hill, with Gen- 
eral Bargoyne's account," 18mo, 1872. He also edited an edition of "The 
Simple Cobler of Aggawam," by Rev. Nathaniel Ward, 12mo, 1843; " A Poeti- 
cal Epistle to George Washington," by Rev. Charles H. Wharton, 12mo, 1881 ; 
and "The Christian's A. B. C.," written by an unknown author in a previous 
century, 1883. 

Mr. Pulsifer was librarian of this Society from 1849 to 1851, and recording 
secretary in 1857. He transcribed for the early volumes of the Register, the 
records of Boston, and contributed other articles to this work. 

He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity, being a member of the 
Winslow Lewis Lodge. He was a Fellow of the American Statistical Associa- 
tion, elected in 1848, and was its librarian 1863-5. He was a contributor of 
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102 Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society, [Jan. 

valuable articles to the early volumes of the Register. In 1863 Amherst College 
conferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. 

He was a resident of Boston till a few years before his death, when he re- 
moved to Everett, Mass., and subsequently to Augusta, Me. 

A considerable portion of this sketch was contributed by me to the Boston 
Evening Transcript, Sept. 14, 1894. 

By John Ward Dean, A.M. 

William John Potts, Esq., of Camden, N. J., was born in Philadelphia, 
October 14, 1842, and died in Camden, November 18, 1895. Pie was elected a 
corresponding member of this Society March 4, 1874. 

He was the son of Robert Barnhill and Sarah Page [Grew] Potts. His father 
was a manufacturing chemist, having extensive works in Camden, to which 
place he removed in 1850. His mother was the daughter of John Grew of Bos- 
ton. He was the sixth in descent from David Potts and Alice Croasdale. 
David Potts was born about the year 1671, in or near Llangurrig, North Wales. 
He was a Quaker, and was probably of Quaker parentage. He came to Penn- 
sylvania about 1690, and died 1730. John Potts, who was his second son, died 
in Pennsylvania in 1766. Thomas, the second son of John, was several times a 
member of the Assembly of New Jersey, was an iron manufacturer, and died 
in 1777. William Sukens Potts, his son, was an iron merchant, and a Quaker, 
and died in Philadelphia in 1854. 

William J. Potts was also the seventh in descent from Capt. John Hughes, a 
leading man in Pennsylvania in its early years. He was the eighth in descent 
from Peter Larson Cock, born in Sweden, 1611, died in Kipha, Pennsylvania, 

John Grew, his mother's father, was born in Birmingham, England. He was 
educated in Bedfordshire, England, and was a man of great intelligence. His 
ancestors were people of intelligence and influence in the old country. 

William John Potts attended school in Camden and in Philadelphia. He 
attended lectures on Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the 
Polytechnic College of Philadelphia. For some years after completing his edu- 
cation he was an analytical chemist in Camden. He went abroad twice, spend- 
ing several years in foreign countries. He visited England, Ireland, Scotland 
and Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, Russia, 
Sweden and Norway, and Egypt. 

He has devoted himself for several years to literary pursuits, and especially 
to historical investigations. He has written frequently for the New-England 
Historical and Genealogical Register, and for Notes and Queries, the Pennsyl- 
vania Magazine of History, and for many other periodicals and newspapers. 
For the last thirty years he had been making researches concerning the Potts 
family, both here and abroad, and has collected a mass of valuable materials. 
He was preparing a dictionary of medical biography. He contributed valuable 
materials to Dr. Stephenson's History of Medicine in New Jersey. He fur- 
nished valuable materials for the Memoirs and Letters of Captain W. Granville 
Evelyn, of the 4th regiment of the " King's Own." Mr. Potts gained import- 
ant information concerning the battle of Lexington, for this volume. The 
authors of several other books published in England give credit to Mr. Potts 
for securing very valuable materials for their use from America. 

He was a member of the American Philosophical Society; the Historical So- 
ciety of Pennsylvania ; the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadel- 
phia; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia ; Sons of the Revolution, of 
Pennsylvania; New Jersey Historical Society; American Folk Lore Society; 
and the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

In 1889 he published a brochure on Du Simitiere, artist, antiquary and natu- 
ralist. In 1895 he published a valuable paper on the late Hon. Thomas H. Dud- 
ley, United States Consul at Liverpool during and after the war of the Re- 

Mr. Potts was never married. He was a man of remarkable industry and 
skill in antiquarian research, and he has left many of his plans unfinished, on 
account of his too early death. He was a genial companion, agreeable in con- 
versation, gentle and patient in enduring the long continued physical suffering 
of his last years. In his religious convictions he was an Episcopalian. " The 
death of such a man," says one of his old neighbors, 4 ' is a loss to the commu- 
nity which can only be properly estimated after the sad event has occurred." 

1896.] Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society. 10$ 

Hon. William Cushing (ante, vol. 32, page 352).— Our attention is called ta 
the fact that Benjamin dishing, the grandfather of Mr. Cushing, is omitted in 
this pedigree. The line of descent (page 352, lines 5 and 6 from the bottom) 
should be Rev. Caleb 3 Cushing of Newbnryport, by wife Elizabeth Cotton; 
Caleb 4 by wife Mary Newmarch; Benjamin*, b. Jan. 1739, by wife Hannah 
Hazeltine of Haverhill; John Newmarch 6 ; Hon. William 7 . — Editor. 

Hon. John Forrester Andrew, A.B., LL.B., a resident member of this So- 
ciety, elected March 6, 1872, was born in Hingham, Mass., November 26, 1850, 
and died at his home, 32 Hereford street, Boston, May 30, 1895. 

Mr. Andrew was a lineal descendant of Robert and Grace ( ) Andrew, 

through their son Joseph and his second wife, Mrs. Abigail Walker (daughter 
of John Grafton), whose son, Nathaniel Andrew, married Mary Higginson and 
had a son John, who married Elizabeth Watson of Salem, and had Jonathan, 
who removed with his father's family to Windham, Me., there settled and mar- 
ried Nancy Green Pierce, and had John Albion, the illustrious war governor of 
Massachusetts, who was born in Windham, Me., May 31, 1818, and died Octo- 
ber 30, 1867. Governor John A. Andrew married Eliza Jones Hersey of Hing- 
ham and had five children, of whom John Forrester, born in Hingham, as above 
noted, was the second. The boy received the rudiments of his education at the 
Phillips School, on the back side of Beacon Hill, and after passing the lower 
grades was fitted for college at a private school. 

He graduated from Harvard in the class of 1872, and soon after went abroad 
with his mother, sisters, and younger brother, passing a year in travel, through 
England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. Returning, he entered the 
Harvard Law School, and graduated in 1875. Immediately entering the iaw 
office of "Messrs. Brooks, Ball and Story," he was admitted to the Suffolk 
Bar the same year, 1875. He then began the practice of law in Boston, in the 
same office which his father had formerly occupied, 244 Washington street. In 
a few years Mr. Andrew had acquired quite an extensive practice, and was con- 
sidered a wise counsellor, and a safe and able advocate. His public spirit led 
him inevitably to take an active interest in all questions of popular concern. 
His own personal qualities, as well as his name, soon drew him into political 
activity. In 1880 he was elected as representative to the General Court, by the 
Republicans of Ward 9, Boston, and served in that position until 1884, when he 
was elected to the State Senate by the largest majority ever received by any 
candidate in that district. During his first year in the Senate he was chosen a 
delegate to the Republican National Convention, but after the nomination of 
Blaine and Logan, he, with many other of the young Republicans of New Eng- 
land, became convinced that duty lay in the direction of the "Independent" 
movement, which he soon joined, thus sacrificing his renomination by the Re- 
publicans. He was chosen president of the " Young Men's Independent Club" 
of Boston, and took the stump for Cleveland. He received a nomination for 
the Senate on the ticket of the Independent Republicans, and being also endorsed 
by the Democrats, was elected by a large majority. The record of Mr. An- 
drew's five years in the Legislature is very honorable. During that time he 
served on many important committees with credit and fidelity. On the Judi- 
ciary Committee, especially, his personal independence and courage were shown 
by his position against the Metropolitan Police Bill, and his unyielding defence 
of the Civil Service Law. He declined the offer of a nomination to Congress, 
by the Democrats of his district in 1884, still considering himself a Republican. 
After the close of his term in the Senate he accepted the Democratic nomina- 
tion for Governor, and came nearer an election than any candidate of that party 
had for years. In 1888 he was elected to Congress by the Democrats of the 
third Massachusetts district, and again in 1890 ; but in the exciting contest of 
1892 he was defeated. 

Mr. Andrew was an honest and earnest advocate of free trade, and it was 
upon the issue of " tariff reform " that he was elected to Congress. He stood 
consistently and firmly by his standards, advocating, particularly, " free raw 
material." In all his public career he was the unfailing champion of "Civil 
Service Reform," and an equally strong advocate of a sound " currency." He 
will long be remembered also as a faithful friend of the veterans of the war, 
and endeavored to secure legislation in their favor. As his father had been, so 
was he, always the true friend of the colored race. In all the relations of his 

104 Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society* [Jan. 

public life he won the respect of both friends and opponents by his strict integ- 
rity and sincerity of purpose. He was especially known for his generous activ- 
ity in many benevolent institutions. He was president of several of our benev- 
olent associations, including that of the " Massachusetts Infant Asylum," that 
for the "Prevention of Cruelty to Children," and the " Home for Aged Col- 
ored Women," besides being active in various others. He was greatly inter- 
ested in the improvement of Boston's public grounds, and rendered efficient 
service upon the " Park Commission." He was also an active member of the 
New-England Historic Genealogical Society, of which his father was an hon- 
ored president. Mr. Andrew had a host of warm and sincere friends, who 
were greatly shocked and deeply pained at his sudden and altogether unexpected 
death. Apoplexy was undoubtedly the cause, but of this no one had any inti- 
mation of the clanger. Flags at half-mast throughout the city, and the throngs 
which gathered at his funeral, testify to the high honor which the public paid 
to his memory, and to the real affection of his friends and associates. Governor 
Greenhalge and Mayor Matthews, with many other officials of the State, city 
and public institutions, joined in tributes of sorrow and sympathy with the 
stricken family. He will be greatly missed in all directions wherever his kindly 
and helpful influence has extended. Of his father's family, the mother, a brother 
and two sisters survive him ; to these, and his young motherless daughters, his 
loss is irreparable. 

Mr. Andrew was married, in Boston, October 11, 1883, to Harriet, daughter 
of Nathaniel and Cornelia (Van Rensselaer) Thayer. Mrs. Andrew died in 1891, 
leaving two daughters, Cornelia Thayer Andrew and Elizabeth Andrew. 

The funeral of Mr. Andrew was at the First Church, in Boston, June 1, his 
pastor, Rev. Stopford W. Brooke, officiating. The burial was at Mount Auburn. 

By Bev. George 31. Bodge, A.M., of Leominster, Mass. 

Edmund Batchelder Dearborn, Esq., a life member, elected a resident 
member September 3, 1845, and became a life member in 1858, was born at 
Hampton, N. H., November 28, 1806, and was the eldest son of Samuel and Ruth 
(Leavett) Dearborn, He died in Boston, Mass., January 22, 1886, in his 80th 
year. He was a descendant in the eighth generation from Godfrey Dearborn, 
an early settler of Exeter, N. H., who removed from that place to Hampton, 
where he died. His descent from Godfrey 1 Dearborn was through Henry, 2 
Samuel, 3 Jeremiah, 4 Jeremiah, 5 Samuel 6 and Samuel 7 his father. His father 
lived at North Hampton on the Exeter road, and on the place previously occupied 
by Simon Page. Here the subject of this sketch was born and here he passed 
his boyhood. 

Edmund B. Dearborn received the rudiments of his education in the public 
schools of Hampton, and later was a graduate of Hampton Academy. After 
leaving the Academy he spent many years in teaching in different parts of New 
England. He taught at Marblehead, where he went about 1830, near the time 
of the murder of Capt. Joseph White at Salem. He was als*o a teacher at 
Pierce Academy in Middleboro', Mass., and at Boston, Mass. At the latter'place 
he was for a number of years a teacher at Chapman Hall School, of which Amos 
Baker was the principal. After giving up teaching, he held for several years 
a position in the United States Internal Revenue Service. 

He was a frequent contributor to the literary newspapers in Boston and else- 
where, and wrote much on historical subjects. He contributed a number of 
articles to the Register, two of which, on the descendants of Godfrey Dear- 
born, appeared in the second volume for 1850. He left at his death a very full 
genealogy of the Dearborn family, which is now in the possession of the New- 
England Historic Genealogical Society. 

He was elected the librarian of this Society in January, 1846, and was its 
second librarian and the first after the society occupied a room of its own. He 
published in the Register for October, 1879, an article on the Early History of 
the society, into which he introduced a description of the Society's room in the 
City Building, Court Square, and the furniture of the room. He held the office 
of librarian till 1849. 

Mr. Dearborn had much musical taste and abilty, and I believe was a teacher 
of singing at different times. He was an active member of the Handel and 
Haydn Society of Boston, to which he was admitted in 1841. 

By John Ward Dean, A. 31. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 105 


By Henry F. Waters, A.M. 
[Continued from vol. xlix., page 516.] 

William Williams of Newport in the Co. of Monmouth gen*, 28 
March 1597. I have many poor nephews and nieces, sisters and a very 
unkind brother. My good cousins Valentine Prichard of the Inner Temple, 
London, Esq., Henry Williams of Matharine in the Co. of Monmouth Esq., 
William John Meredith of Abergavenny gen 1 , Thomas Hopkins of the City 
of Bristowe, merchant. My brothers in law John Fownes of the City of 
Bristowe, grocer, and John Jones of Newporte gen fc . My lands &c. in 
Rumpney. My sister Catherine and her son William. Lettice, eldest 
daughter to my sister Johane deceased, and Margaret, eldest daughter to 
my brother Richard (unmarried). Cicill and Lettice, two of the daughters 
of my sister Elizabeth. Roger and Thomas, my brother Richard's sons. 
Blanche and Anne, the daughters of my sister Joane. Andrew and 
William, the sons of my sister Elizabeth. Johanne, daughter to my 
brother Richard. Margaret, daughter to my sister Elizabeth. Johane, the 
youngest daughter of my sister Elizabeth. Mary and Hester, daughters to 
my sister Anne. Roger and John, the sons of my sister Johane. Margaret, 
the wife of my brother Richard Williams. The late lands of Roger Wil- 
liams, my cousin deceased. My sister Lettice. My nephew John Evans. 
Roger Williams, my brother Richard's eldest son. Thomas, his youngest 
son. Margaret, eldest daughter to my brother Richard. My nephew 
William Jones, son of my sister Lettice. My cousin Thomas Scudamor, of 
Little Salisbury in the County, and my cousin Thomas Scudamor of York. 
If my nephew William Jones, whom I have constituted and made my 
executor, do happen to die before he shall have made probate of this my 
will then my nephew Andrew Jones, my sister Elizabeth's son, shall be my 
sole executor. I give to my nephew William Jones, my sister Elizabeth's 
son, the next avoidance, nomination and presentation unto the church of 
Newport and St. Wolloes and to the chapel of Bettus thereunto belonging 
and I do give unto him all my part of the Tythe, corn and hay in Bettus 
for so long time as he shall be Vicar in Newport and St. Wolloes and re- 
main unmarried. To my aunt Mrs. Langley twenty pounds. John Fownes 
one of the witnesses. 

|g Commission issued 27 June 1610 to Roger Williams, next akin &c. the 
executor named in the will having renounced. Wingfleld, 66. 

Henry Addams of Bristol merchant, 12 October 1601, proved 10 
November 1601. To my daughter Marie Addames one hundred pounds if 
my adventures by sea, made to France, do come safely home; otherwise 
only fifty pounds (at age of eighteen). The residue to wife Susanna, 
whom I make sole executrix. And I desire my father Thomas Addams 
and my brother in law John Phoens, now one of the sheriffs of the City 
of Bristol, to be my overseers. In the presence of my said father, brother 
in law, my brother Daniel Addams and William Robinson, Vicar of St. 

The signature of the brother in law was Jo: Fownes. 

Woodhall, 80. 

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106 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [Jan. 

John Fownes of Bristol, merchant, 28 March, signed 24 August, 1609 
proved 23 October 1609. If I die in Bristow my body to be buried in the 
parish church of St. Stevens within the city. To wife -Anne, for life, all 
my lands and tenements in the Co. of Monmouth, called by the name of 
Monioy, and my house in Newport and the five and twenty acres I bought 
of John Williams of All Souls Oxon ; and after her death the said lands 
and tenements shall remain to my son John- Fownes. To said wife my 
dwelling house in Bread Street so long as she shall remain a widow and 
unmarried ; then to my son John, if living, and, if not, to my three daugh- 
ters. Son John at one and twenty. Six hundred pounds apiece to daugh- 
ters Mary Fownes, Hester Fownes and Sara Fownes at eighteen or days 
of marriage. To daughter Hester my virginals, my best carpet of green 
cloth fringed with silk and my silver skynker. Ten pounds apiece to my 
brother James Fownes' two daughters. Ten pounds to my kinswoman 
Mary Longe. My late servant Richard Longe. Provision for two poor 
laboring men yearly to rake and keep clean the marsh of the City of 
Bristow and the walks round about the same. To my brother Thomas 
Fownes my scarlet gown and tippet. To Richard Longe and John 
Tomlynson thirty shillings apiece in gold to make each of them a signet 
with my coat armor engraven therein and to wear it in remembrance of 
me, sometime their master. To wife Ann one half of all my plate and 
household stuff in my dwelling house in Bristowe and in my house at 
Catchcolde in the Co. of Gloucester. The other half to my four children 
(equally). Wife Anne to be executrix and my brother in law Mr William 
Williams, my brother Thomas Fownes, Mr Abel Kitchin and Mr John 
Guy to be my overseers. To my good mistress Mrs Langley five pounds, 
to Philip Langley five pounds. To my sister Susan five pounds. To 
Philip Langley's wife and Philip Langley's sisters, viz fc Mary Tomlynson 
and Anne Vawre, ten pounds, viz* to each of them three pounds six shil- 
lings eight pence, to buy them a ring to wear at their pleasure for my sake. 

Mary Langley one of the witnesses. Dorset, 94. 

John Fownes, aged thirty six or thereabouts, 9 June 1'624, proved 1 
February 1624. To wife Dorothy Fownes ray two closes of land near 
adjoining to Lady well and my three quarter parts of the Dove of Ply- 
mouth, now at New Foundland, with my three quarters of her voyage 
which God shall bless them withal. To my brother Warwick Fownes one 
hundred pounds, to be paid out of my five eighth parts of a ship called the 
Eagle of Plymouth, and her voyage from Virginia or New England if 
please God to send her and her proceeds safely to return. To my mother 
in law Mrs Elizabeth Yarde thirty pounds. To my nephew Francis 
Amadas fifty pounds. To my two nieces Johane and Jane Amadas twenty 
pounds apiece. To my servant Lawrence Beele fifty pounds. To my two 
apprentices John Gay and Thomas Davies five pounds apiece. To the 
new building behind the church steeple called the new Hospital one hun- 
dred pounds. To the poor of Plymouth ten pounds. To Mr. Mathias 
Nicholls, preacher of God's word at Plymouth, five pounds. Wife to be 
executrix and Mr. Mathias Nicholls Mr Thomas Sherwell my brother in 
law Roger Beele and my brother in law Abraham Rowe to be supervisors. 

Commission issued (as above) to Warwick Fownes, brother of the 
deceased &c, the executrix named in the will having died &c. 

Clarke, 15. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 107 

Anne Fownes of the City of Bristol, widow, 11 February 1629, proved 
10 November 1630. My body to be buried in the parish church of St. 
Stephens. The six children of my son in law Mr. William Claxton. 
Penelope Claxton one of them. My grandchildren Abell Rogers and 
Mathewe Rogers. My grandchildren Andrewe Barker and Sara Barker. 
My grandchildren Anne Fownes and William Fownes. My grandchild 
John Fownes. My three daughters. William Evans the son of my kins- 
man John Evans. My kinsman William Jones of Llansemfred in the Co. 
of Monmouth. My sister Catherine Watkins. My cousin Elizabeth 
Steevens. My cousin Mary Longe. My son John Fownes to be sole 
executor and my good friends and kinsmen John Tomlinson and Richard 
Long, merchants, to be overseers. My kinsman Mr. Roger Williams of 
Newporte. Wit: Rich: Long: Willfn yeomans. Scroope, 92. 

[The will of Thomas Fownes of Plymouth, Devon., Esq. (1637-1638) which 
should come in here, in chronological order, lias already appeared among my 
evidences concerning the Holworthy family (see Eegister for 1891, vol. xlv., 
pp. 153-4). He refers to Mr. John Gayre, gives to the poor of Bristol, and names 
Elizabeth, wife of William Stephens of Bristol, and Mary Longe daughter 
of sister Mary Longe deceased. He calls Judith, wife of Francis Amadas, 
kinswoman and Warwick Fownes of London, merchant, kinsman, and refers to 
Humphrey Fownes as deceased. Eichard Longe of Bristol he calls kinsman 
and he also refers to an Aunt Yard as lately deceased. His daughter Mary, as 
we know, was the wife of Richard Holworthy ; another daughter, Prudence, 
was the wife of John Wacldon and he speaks of daughter Johan as wife of 
Hugh Gayer deceased. He also names daughters Elizabeth Yard and Susan 
Kellond. He names also John, Thomas and Susan Kellond, the children of John 
Kelloncl. This will therefore binds together the Fownes family of Bristol and 
those of Plymouth and of London. H. F. Waters.] 

Warwick Fownes of London merchant and citizen and mercer of the 
same City, 2 August 1638, proved 17 July 1640. My body I commit to 
the earth from whence it came and to be decently interred as beseemeth 
the body of a Christian in the parish church of St. Bartholomew the less 
near the Royal Exchange in London, whereof I am a parishioner, without 
any pomp or vain ostentation, only my corpse to be accompanied to church 
with my kindred, household, neighbors and familiars, but mourning cloth for 
my executors and household. After debts paid &c. the remainder of my 
goods &c. shall be divided into three equal parts and portions, according to 
the ancient and laudable custom of the City of London, one part whereof 
I leave to my loving wife Julian for her customary and widow's part, one 
other part I leave to my five children, Humphrey, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha 
and Judith Fownes and such others as God shall send me hereafter. The 
other third part remaining I reserve to myself, therewith to perform this 
my last will and testament. Then follow bequests to wife and children 
and others. My kinswoman Mary Fownes. My cousin Joane Large the 

wife of Large. My friend Charles Yeoman. Mr. Philip Androwe 

the elder. Plymouth, Devon., mentioned. Certain servants named. My 
brother James Yard and cousin Thomas Fownes to be executors. A brother 
John Yard. Coventry, 103. 

[For assistance on the Kelloncl family I am indebted to Mr. Winslow Jones 
who has a large knowledge of Devonshire families. H. F. Waters.] 

Walter Kellonde of Tottones Devon, merchant, 15 May 34 Eliza- 
beth, proved 11 November 1592. My body to be buried in the church of 
Tottones. The poor of the Mawdelin house of Tottones. The poor of 

108 Genealogical Gleanings ir*> England. [Jan. 

South Tawton. To my son Christopher Kellonde the moiety and half of 
all that tenement, houses, edifices, gardens, shops &c. in Totnes which were 
demised to me by John and William Wotton, by their deed bearing date 
4 October 18 Elizabeth. The other moiety I give to my son John Kel- 
land; each to hold for three score and nine years. [These two sons still 
minors and unmarried.] To Christopher a tenement in Harberton. Other 
bequests to John. To Mary my wife two chambers and gallery in the 
house, with free ingress &c, and other bequests to her of household stuff 
&c. Provision for the schooling of my children which I have by the said 
Mary, they being now infants. To Richard, my eldest son, my messuage 
and tenement in Tottones wherein I now dwell &c. and my messuage &c. 
in Harpers Hill Street, with provision for entailing upon his lawful issue, 
failing which to son Christopher, next to John, then to my son Walther, 
then to son William, then to son Stephen. To my daughter Decous (or 
Decons) Kellonde threescore pounds at twenty one. To daughter Mary 
Kellonde fifty pounds at twenty one. The same to daughter Margaret Kel- 
londe. To daughter Frideswell Kellonde forty pounds at twenty one. To 
son Walther Kellonde fifty pounds at twenty one. The same to William and 
Stephen. A bequest to a Thomas Kellonde, among others. To Agnes, 
Walther, Thomas, Bartholomew and William Prideaux, children of Thomas 
Prideaux. Henry and Thomas Bickforde sons of John Bickforde. The 
child which my wife now goeth withal, yet unborn. Son Richard to be 
executor and Bartholomew Laskie of Tottones, merchant, overseer. 

Harrington, 83. 

[The testator, "Walter 1 Kellond of Totnes, Devon., merchant, whose will 

heads an interesting group, died in 1592. By his first wife, Nichol , had : 

John, 2 Christopher, 2 John, 2 Richard. 2 By his second wife, Mary, he had: 
Fridswell, 2 William, 2 Stephen, 2 Walter. 2 His will is given and the other Walter 
is probably his son mentioned in his father's will. 

John 2 (1576-1623) married Mary and had : John 3 (1609-1679), Walter 3 

(died 1614), Samuel. 3 

John 3 married Susanna Fownes (1617-1649), daughter of Thomas Fownes of 
Plymouth, England, and had: John 4 (1635-1692), married Bridget, Thomas, 4 
born 1636, Samuel, 4 Henry, 4 Samuel, 4 Richard, 4 James. 4 

Christopher, 2 son of Walter, 1 married Joan Brooking; she died 1624-5, and 
the wills of husband and wife are given. 

Thomas, 4 born 11 Dec. 1636, married Abigail, the w T idow of Samuel Moore 
and daughter of Capt. Thomas Hawkin, and had: Susanna 5 b. 21 Oct. 1665; 
John 5 b. 2 June, 1667, died young; John 5 b. 13 Feb. 1669, died young; Thomas 5 
b. 18 July, 1670, died young ; Samuel 5 b. 11 Sept. 1671 ; Elizabeth 5 b. 14 Aug. 1673 ; 
Thomas 5 b. 29 Aug. 1674; John 5 b. 15 June, 1678; Richard 5 b. 26 Sept. 1681. 

In April, 1661, Thomas Kellond and Thomas Kirk, a relative of Sir David 
Kirk, w r ere commissioned to search for Cols. Edward Whalley and William 
Goffe, two of the regicide judges then in New England. They started in pur- 
suit of them from Boston, 1 May, 1661, and went to the colonies of Connecticut, 
New Haven and New York ; but unsuccessfully. In 1674 Kellond was appointed 
a constable of Boston, but was excused on paying a forfeit. He died 12 July, 
1686 ; his widow then married Hon. John Foster whom she outlived. 

Walter F. Watkins.] 

Christopher Kellond of Totnes, Devon., merchant, 22 September 
1616, proved 10 April 1618. The poor of Totnes. My wife Johane. 
My three sons. The moiety and halfendeale of a house joining to the 
Mill Lane in Totnes, being the inheritance of William Wotton Esq. My 
daughters. My wife to be sole executrix. I do desire my brother in law 
Mr. Thomas Predeaux, my brother John Kelland and my brother in law 
Christopher Broking to be my overseers. Richard Kellond a witness. 

Meade, 26. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 109 

John Kellond of Tottones merchant, 26 August 21 James, proved 7 
February 1623. The Maudlen House of Tottones. The poor of Tottones. 
My wife Mary. My son John. My son Samwell Kellond, at twenty one. 
To my daughter Dunes Kellond fifty pounds, but if she take a marriage 
by the consent and agreement of my overseers and executors in trust then 
she shall have five hundred and fifty pounds twelve months after her mar- 
riage, and for her maintenance I give her twenty pounds a year until she 
has her portion. My daughter Mary Kellond. My daughter Katherine 
Kellond. My daughter Agnes Kellond. My daughter Joan Kellond, 
My five daughters. To son John my house wherein I now dwell, with 
remainder to son Samuel, then to my daughter Dunes Kellond and the heirs 
male of her body. My cousin Henry Bickford of Rottery and each of his 
brothers and sisters. My cousin Agnes Kellond and Nell Kellond her 
sister, daughters to my deceased brother Richard Kellond. The children 
of my deceased brother Christopher Kellond and of my sister Dunes 
Ducke. Nicholas the son of William Squyer. My sister Agnes Prydiaux. 
My sister Jane Bickford. My sister Dunes Ducke. My sister Mary Kel- 
lond. My cousin Mr. Bartholomew Laskey of Tottones. My brother in 
lav/ Mr. Nicholas Wyse. My friend Christopher Broockinge the son of 
the deceased Mr. William Broockinge. My cousin Philip Lea. Son John 
to be sole executor (he not yet twenty one). My brother Steeven Kellond. 
The mayor and burgesses of Tottones. To " dicayed " merchants. A new 
prison to be builded. Robert Shaplye one of the witnesses. A nuncupa- 
tive codicil. Gifts in October and November 1623. William Squyer jun r . 
now in Oxford at the University. My deceased brother Richard Kellond's 
daughter Joan Kellond. My sister Margaret Squyer, after the death of 
her husband. Byrde, 16. 

Johane Kelland of Totnes, Devon., widow, 4 November 1624, proved 
5 February 1624. The poor of Tottnes and the poor of the Mawdlyn of 
Tottnes. My son Walter Kelland. My sou Christopher Kelland. My 
son John Kelland. My daughters Johane Kelland, Elizabeth Kelland, 
Jane Kelland, Margaret Kelland and Wethen Kelland. The last named 
to be sole executrix. My brother Christopher Broking and my brother in 
law Christopher Maynard. Clarke, 17. 

Walter Kelland of Stoke-canon, Devon., gen fc ., 4 October 1671, 
with a codicil bearing date 14 October 1671, proved 29 June 1672. To 
wife Mary Kelland the tenement or living wherein she now liveth, com- 
monly called Beere, within the parish of Broad-list, Devon. My daughter 
Hannah Kelland. My grandchild Audrey Kelland, daughter of my de- 
ceased son Richard Kelland. My four grandchildren the daughters of my 
said deceased son Richard Kelland, over and above the portions that their 
said father appointed and bequeathed unto them, viz*, to Elizabeth, Mary, 
Audrey and Dorothy. My estate of inheritance which I lately bought of 
Jonathan Wade of Topisham gen'., situate, lying or being in Sowton, Devon, 
I give to my daughter Elizabeth Lee, the now wife of Edward Lee, for 
term of her natural life, then to their second son Walter Lee, next to their 
third son Edward Lee, then to John Lee, their fourth son, then to Richard 
Lee, their eldest sou, then to their daughter or daughters. My grandson 
Walter Kelland, eldest son of my deceased son Richard. My grandson 
Richard Kelland, brother to the said Walter. My daughter Dorothy 
Vicary, widow, her daughter Mary Vicary and her son Walter Vicary. 
My grandson Walter Kelland, son of my son Walter, and his two sisters. 
VOL. L. 10* 

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Mary and Hannah. Mrs. Anne Robinson, widow. The Ward-house, 
wherein I now keep the Sheriff's ward or prison for the County of Devon, 
situate in the parish of Stoke-Canon. My son Walter Kelland and my son 
in law Edward Lee. Eure, 76. 

John Kellond of Paingsford, Devon, Esq., 22 September 1677, proved 
16 July 1679. To Richard Bickford of Brent in Devon, yeoman, five 
pounds. Elizabeth Predham of Little Hempston, Devon, widow. Jane 
Barrie of Bridgetown in the parish of Berry Pomeroy, Devon, widow. 

The poor of Aishprington and those of other parishes that shall be at 
my funeral. The poor of Totnes, Devon. My servant Nicholas Francis. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Kellond of Boston in 
New England, my second son, for his portion, two thousand pounds. To 
my daughter Joane Kellond one hundred pounds and no more because she 
hath departed from my house and married against my liking and consent. 
My grandson Francis Fullford, my godson, at one and twenty. My cousin 
Zachary Gould of Staverton. My grandson John Kellond, the son of my 
son John Kellond of Totnes. My farm and barton called Durleigh lying 
near Bridgewater, Somerset. My grandson Charles Kellond, the son of my 
son John Kellond of Totnes. My mansion house, barton, farm &c. called 
Tingrasse in the parish of Tingrasse, Devon. Other real estate. Son 
John. His daughter Susan Kellond, my grandchild, at day of marriage, 
and her sister Bridget Kellond. To every one of my son Thomas Kellond's- 
children one hundred pounds, at day of marriage. My grandchild Eliza- 
beth Sparke in Barbathos. King, 174. 

John Kellond of Painsford, Devon, Esq., 10 March 1690, proved 1 
November 1692. Reference to a deed bearing date 16 October 36 th Charles 
II, made between me, of the one part, and Francis Fulford Esq., Charles 
Kellond my son and Valentine Pomeroy gen* and John Rowe gen*, of the 
other part, for the conveying and settling my manor and lordship of Slapton 
and the capital messuage &c. of Stancombe. My wife Bridget. My three 
daughters Susanna, Bridget and Katherine Kellond. My grand daughter 
Margaret Kellond, daughter of my son Charles. My , brother in law 
Thomas Drewe Esq. and his now wife. My nephew Samuel Kellond, at 
the expiration of his apprenticeship. Certain servants. My kinsman 
George Yard of the City of Exon (Exeter) mercer. In a codicil he refers 
to kinsman M r George Yard of Stokegabriel. Fane, 206. 

Luce Shorte, widow, of Gillingham, 4 October 1603, proved 2 Decem- 
ber 1603. To be buried in the churchyard of Gillingham. Brother Henry 
Shorte. My sister Alice Murgin. Alice Goodinge, Thomas Goodinge, 
Simon Gooding, Elizabeth Goodinge and Murgin Dauye which are my 
sisters children. James Arnolde and Richard Arnold at twenty one. My 
daughter Elizabeth Shorte. My son Thomas Shorte. My house in 
Maidestone to my son Thomas, and if he die without lawful heirs of body 
then to Thomas Goodinge and Simon Gooding, to be equally divided be- 
tween them &c. Margaret Berry, Dorothy Kente, Joane Edwardes and 
Elizabeth Shorte my daughters. Marrian Astreates, Joane Astreates and 
Sara Astreates. Elizabeth, Richard and John Berry. Dorothy Kente's 
child. Joane Edwarde's child. Richard Kente of Stoke shall be guardian to 
my son Thomas Shorte till he comes to the age of fourteen. The residue to 
my son William Shorte whom I make sole executor. For overseers I ap- 
point Richard Astreetes of Gillingham and Richard Kente of Stoke. Henry 
Short and James Thurston witnesses. Bolein, 105. 

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William Short of Gillingham, Kent, 16 November 1641, proved 21 
December 1641. To be buried in Gillingham near the tomb of the Shorts, 
my ancestors. My two grandchildren William Short and Elizabeth Man- 
ser. My sister Johan Edwards and Mary Lofty her daughter. Richard 
Arnold, William Berrye and Thomas Berrye, my sisters sons. Susan 
Grauesden and John Wilson, my sisters daughters. Symon Gooddin my 
kinsman. Mr. John Short, Mr. James Short, Henry Lawrance, Richard 
Lawrance, William Lawrance, Thomas Lawrance, Sarah Baylie, Mary 
Duck, widow, Elizabeth Smith, Mark Short and John Short, his brother. 
Susan Gravesend again mentioned. My kinsman Richard Arnold to be 
sole executor. My grandchild William Short, son of my son James. 
Richard Baylye and Thomas Lofty. The capital messuage or tenement, 
called the Brewhouse, in Week Street in Maidstone. Reference to will of 
John Short deceased. John and Joseph, his sons. John Short the son of 
Thomas Short. Johan Duke, the daughter of the aforenamed Mary Duke, 
widow. The foresaid Joane Wilson. William Manser, my son in law. 
Elizabeth Manser, his daughter. Evelyn, 128. 

[The testator of the above will is that William Short referred to in the will 
of his nephew Richard Arnold, printed in the Gleanings for July, 1894 (pp. 374- 
375). H. F. W.] 

John Lorde of Redriff, Surrey, clothier, 14 September 1603, proved 8 
December 1603. To wife Elizabeth, for life, my two houses in Sudbury, 
Suffolk, one of them, with an orchard, being in the parish commonly called 
Gregory parish, and the other in the parish commonly called Peter's parish. 
After the decease of my wife I give them to my daughter Elizabeth. If 
my wife die before my daughter shall have accomplished the full age of 
nineteen years then the two houses aforesaid and the benefit of their rent 

shall freely remain in the possession of Anthony Lord my father and 

my mother, or the survivor of them, until my daughter come to said age of 
nineteen years. But if she die without issue then the said houses shall go 
to the said Anthony Lord my father and my mother and the sur- 
vivor of them, and afterwards to my three sisters yet unmarried, Alice, 
Jone and Prewe Lord (each one third) provided they pay to their other two 

sisters ten pounds i. e. to Elizabeth five pounds and to Anne 

five pounds. To my father Anthony Lorde ten pounds. To 

Robert Lorde my brother forty shillings which he shall recover by a bond 
due to me from William Johnson of Colchester, Essex. My wife Eliza- 
beth to be executrix. Bolein, 110. 

John Lord of Sudbury, Suffolk, 1 March 1640, proved 11 July 1655. 
To the poor of all the three parishes in Sudbury forty shillings apiece. 
To Mr Rogers minister of the parish wherein I now dwell, if he be living 
and preach a sermon at my funeral, forty shillings, or otherwise unto such 
godly minister as shall preach such sermon. I give to Bennett my loving 
wife all that my messuage or tenement, with the yards, gardens, orchards 
and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate and being in the pariah of 
St. Gregory in Sudbury which I late purchased of Robert Lord my kins- 
man and Katherine his mother, or one of them, and now is in the tenure or 
occupation of William Gunton the elder &c. My wife to hold this for 
life, and after her decease I give and bequeath the said messuage &c. as 
also the messuage &c. in the parish of All Hallows in Sudbury wherein I 
now dwell and which my said wife holdeth for life, unto my daughter Elizabeth 
wife of William Stacie the younger of Booking, Essex, for life. And after 

112 Genealogical Gleanings hi England. [Jan. 

decease of said wife and daughter I give to Anne Stacy my grandchild the 
messuage in the occupation of William Gun ton and to Elizabeth Stacie my 
grandchild the other messuage. If they die without issue &c. then to my. 
grandchild Mary Stacy. Other gifts to grandchildren and to wife. To the 
children of Thomas Gunton the elder by my sister, viz fc : to my cousin Thomas 
Gunton the younger and to William, his brother, twenty pounds each, for 
the benefit of their children, and to Anne and Elizabeth Gunton, sisters of 
the said Thomas the younger and William, ten pounds apiece. 

Item, I give unto my cousin Robert Lord, if he comes again from beyond 
the seas to demand it, ten pounds. 

William Stacie, the husband of my daughter Elizabeth, to be sole 
executor and my kinsman Thomas Gunton the younger to be supervisor. 
I will that my executor shall pay unto Susan Lord, my sister of the half 
blood, four pounds yearly during her life, to Oliver Dowdle (my servant 

that was) forty shillings, to my kinsman son of Barwicke and Anne 

Lord my kinswoman, apprentice with one Bowser, a weaver of Sudbury, 
twenty nobles. Aylett, 70. 

Bennett Lord of Sudbury, Suffolk, widow and aged, 26 September 
1653, proved 26 July 1655. My son in law William Stacy e of Booking, 
Essex, and his children. Frances Gunton daughter of my cousin William 
Gunton. Oliver Dowdall and Martha Hugens my servants. My kinsman 
Richard Cooke of London for the use of his children. My kinsman 
William Wood of London in the behalf of his children. My sister Eliza- 
beth Crewes of Tendring. Mihill Clarke of Much Bromly, Essex, to be 
my Executor. Aylett, 76. 

[We have now the English home of one of our distinguished Essex County 
families. Mr. Eobert Lord was for years clerk of the courts for Ipswich, Mass. 
His son Robert filled the office of Marshal of the court for Ipswich, an office, 
the nearest equivalent of which now is that of High Sheriff. Mrs. Katheriue 
Lord, widow, mother of the first Robert, received a grant of land in Ipswich 
(Mass) in 1G41, within a few months, probably, after conveying to John Lord of 
Sudbury (England) her interest in the messuage, etc., in the parish of St. 
Gregory, referred to in the said John Lord's will. 

I found at Finchingfield, when I went down to Essex in. 1891, this entry on 
the register : 

" 1630, Nov. 11, Robert Lord and Mary Waite." 

I do not find among my extracts any note cf baptisms of any children of this 
couple. Mr. Lord probably took his wife back with him to Sudbury. Einch- 
ington Registers apparently began in 1617. — Henry E. Waters. 

Mary Waite, who married Robert Lord, was a daughter of Samuel and Mary 
(Ward) Waite of Wethersfield in Essex. The will of her brother, Rev. Joseph 
Waite, M.A., Rector of Springton in Suffolk, is printed in vol. xlvi., p. 318. 
Other wills of Waites and Wards will be found in that volume, pages 313-320. 
— Editor.] 

George Marvin (parish not stated) 24 March 1648, proved 4 April 
1649. I do acknowledge myself in debts — to Mr Colney four pounds five 
shillings, at the darke house a matter of eight shillings, Mr Haman, a 
seedsman, two or three shillings, one Edward three shillings, to the apothe- 
cary. I do will and bequeath fifteen pounds to my sister in Mislye, ten 
pounds to my uncle at Stutton, five pounds to my cousin William at Stutlon, 
five pounds to my cousin John of Bentley, five pounds to my cousin John 
of Stepney, five pounds to my cousin Richard of Rushmore, ten pounds 
to Mrs Ward, widow of Mr Samuel Ward, five pounds to Mr Nath: 
Ward late of Walke-horne, three pounds to Mr Colney at whose house I 

189G.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 113 

now am, two pounds to Barnabas Brag at Mr Colney's house, ten pounds 
in Mr Nathaniel Ward's hands for the good of the child, to be paid 
when he shall think best for its good, ten pounds Doctor Hubbard for his 
pains and care, to John and Tobias Coachman ten shillings apiece, two 
pounds to Mrs Thorneton, to the poor of Silver Street where I shall be 
buried ten shillings, to the poor in Cobden twenty shillings, to the poor of 

Bently ten shillings. The poor of My cousin Knolls in Five 

foot Lane. My cousin Bales; she lives at Coldharbor. Mr Thompson to 
preach my funeral sermon. I do appoint aud name for my executors Mas- 
ter Nathaniel Ward and Mr Joseph Ward. Due me in moneys upon a bill 
a hundred and fifteen pounds in Mr Nathaniel Ward's hands. My books 
in a square chest with a padlock, with linen &c, at Mr Colveye's. My bill 
is in my desk. My friends Nathaniel and Joseph Ward, ministers, desiring 
them to see my body to be decently interred. 

Proved by Nathaniel Ward, power reserved for Joseph Ward. 

Fairfax, 46. 

[In the Probate Act Book he is described as late of the parish of St. Olave 
in Silver Street, London.] 

John Ward of Stratford, Suffolk, clothier, 19 October 1629, proved 18 
May 1631. 1 give and bequeath to Anne my beloved wife all that my 
freehold tenement called Dawes, together with fifteen acres of land, more 
or less, with the appurtenances, situate and lying in East Mersey, for term 
of her natural life; and after her decease to John Ward my son and to his 
heirs forever. I give to Anne, my wife, towards the proving and perform- 
ing of this my last will, my fourth part of the ship called the Unity of 
Maningtree, with all my part of the furniture and tackling thereof, with all 
my stock, venture and profits therein, and also all my part in another ship 
now begun to build in Ipswich, and all my cloth, wool and yarn, together 
with all my debts owing and growing due to me by any person or persons 
at London or elsewhere, and also all my cattle, household stuff, money, 
goods, and chattels whatsoever. I give more to Anne my wife all my plate 
for term of her natural life. I give to John Ward my eldest son one hun- 
dred and forty pounds of lawful money of England, to be paid by Anne my 
wife (whom I make sole executrix of this my last will) when he shall 
accomplish the age of three and twenty years. I give to Samewell Ward 
my son one hundred pounds, at age of four and twenty years. I will that 
Anne my wife shall bestow upon some of my former wives children (where 
she sees most need) three pounds &c. To the poor of Stratford twenty 
shillings. I make Mr. Samewell Linsell, minister of Stratford, my well 
beloved friend, supervisor &c. 

The witnesses were Lyonell Chewte, Nathaniel Backler. 

St. John, 67. 

[These two wills should interest some of our New Englanders. That of 
George Marvin (which, by the way, had been entered on the margin of the 
leaf as will of Roger Marvin) evidently refers to the family of Samuel Ward, 
the famous town preacher of Ipswich, England. John Ward of Stratford, 
whose will follows Marvin's, must have been the father of our John Ward, the 
chirurgeon, of Ipswich, Mass. The will of his widow, Anne Ward, I have 
already given (see Reg. for 1892, pp. 317-8). To what family can these have 
belonged? Our John Ward, the chirurgeon, spoke of a cousin Nathaniel, son 
of an uncle Nathaniel Ward, and referred also to a cousin Ward's, of Wethers- 
field, two youngest sons. H. F. Waters.] 

114 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

Nicholas Carew of St. Martin's in the Fields, Middlesex, gentleman, 
23 November 1657, proved 12 October 1670. I have bad and received 
divers sums of money and sundry necessaries of and from my natural bro- 
ther Swithen Carew of St. Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, grocer. I give 
to said Swithen all my goods &c. in or upon my now plantation in the 
island of Maryland, together with my whole interest and estate in the same 
plantation ; and 1 make him sole executor. 

Proved (at above date) by Swithin Carew. Penn, 132. 

Joseph Adams of the Island of Antigua merchant but now residing- in 
London, 1 April 1717, proved 13 October 1722. I give and bequeath all 
my estate, both real and personal &c, unto my brother in law Hopefor 
Bendall of Antegoa, merchant, and John Neale of London, dyer, in trust 
&c. To my beloved mother Elizabeth Adams thirty pounds a year, and 
twenty pounds also in one month after my decease. To the said Hopefor 
Bendall twenty pounds. To Daniel Davies of London, packer, twenty 
pounds in case he marries my sister Mary Adams. To the said John Neale 
twenty pounds. To my nephew Joseph Bendall, son of the said Hopefor 
Bendall, six hundred pounds in six months after the decease of my said 
mother. And after the payment of the said sum I give one hundred pounds 
unto my partner Edward Chester junior. The residue to and amongst the 
child or children of my loving sisters Elizabeth Bendall and the said Mary 
Adams, share and share alike, excluding thereout the said Joseph Bendall 
on account of the said legacy. The said Hopefor Bendall and John Neale 
to be executors. Marlboro, 188. 

Hopefor Bendall of the Island of Antigua Esq. day of June 

1727. My late brother in law Joseph Adams, formerly of this Island of 
Antigua but late of London, merchant deceased, in and by his last will and 
testament bearing date 1 April 1717, did (among other legacies and bequests 
therein) give, devise and bequeath unto his nephew Joseph Bendall (son of 
me the said Hopefor Bendall) the sum of six hundred pounds, to be paid 
to him within six months next and immediately following the death or 
decease of Elizabeth Adams, mother of the said testator, and, after payment 
of that and all other legacies in the said recited will mentioned, did give, 
devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of his real and personal estate 
whatsoever unto and amongst the child or children of his sisters Elizabeth 
Bendall (late wife of me the said Hopefor Bendall) and Mary Adams late 
the wife of Daniel Davies of London, packer, share and share alike, exclud- 
ing thereout the said Joseph Bendall on account of the said legacy &c„ and 
thereof appointed me, the said Hopefor Bendall, and John Neale of Lon- 
don, dyer, sole executors, as in and by the said will, duly proved at London 
13 October 1722 and remaining in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 
&c. I give all my estate to the said John Neale of London my brother in 
law, Jonathan Perrie, late of London merchant but at present residing in 
the West Indies, Thomas Kerby and Francis Delap, both of this Island of 
Antigua, merchauts &c, in trust (for the benefit of my children, so that they 
may all share alike) and I make them my executors. 

Then follow certain depositions made in Antigua 1 November 1728, by 
which it appears that the above testator had been Collector of the Customs 
in Antigua, and that his death happened on Sunday the twenty-seaventh 
day of October last. Will allowed (in Antigua) 1 November 1728 and 
recorded in the Register's office. Proved in London (P. C. C.) 7 October 
1729. Abbott, 263. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 115 

[Edward Bendall of- Boston, an enterprising merchant, the father of Hope- 
for, the testator, probably came with Winthrop in 1630. His energy was strik- 
ingly shown in raising a vessel, the " Mary Hose," in 1642, which had been sunk 
in Boston harbor by a gunpowder explosion. He married, probably in England, 
Aim, and had Freegrace baptized July 5, 1635, who died ; and he then had Free- 
grace, born Sept. 30, 1636, the mother dying Dec. 25, 1637. He then marries in 

about one year, Marah , and had Reform in 1639, Hopefor Oct. 7, 1641, 

Moremercy 1643. His wife Mary [sic] was buried May, 1644, and he then mar- 
ried Jane and had, in 1648, Ephraim, and, in 1649, Restore. 

Mr. Savage gives the death of Edward Bendall as in 1682, probably misled by 
the fact of an administration being granted in that year on his estate, doubt- 
less necessary in the settlement of the estate of his son Freegrace, and conse- 
quent on the action of the town of Boston, March 13, 1681-2. By deed, Jan. 
26, 1660-1, Lib. iv., p. 88, of Suffolk Deeds, Jane Bendall, wife of Edward Ben- 
dall, deceased, authorizes Capt. Samuel Scarlett as her lawful attorney. In 
Suffolk Deeds, Lib. i., pp. 316, 317, under date of 1653, is given an execution on 
the estate of Edward Bendall. 

Jane Bendall may be the " Jane Scarlett, now T the wife of John Jacob," men- 
tioned in the will of Samuel Scarlett in 1675 ; perhaps the daughter or sister of 
Samuel Scarlet, as the latter dying without children leaves property to Hopefor 
and Ephraim, and Freegrace. Mary, wife of Samuel Scarlett, may have been 
sister of Edw. Bendall. Freegrace Bendall married Mary, daughter of Francis 
and Alice Lyall, and had Bridget, Elizabeth, Ann, Alice, Richard, Pitford, More- 
mercy, Freegrace, Scarlett, and Marianna who married Dr. Daniel Allen of 
Boston. Freegrace and wife were drowned in the harbor coming from Nod- 
dle's Island, with two others, June 6, 1676. John Scarlet was appointed one 
of the administrators of his estate. 

Hopefor Bendall, mariner, was of London March 14, 1708-9, at which time 
he disposed of certain lands at Merrimac, left him by Samuel Scarlet in 1675 
(Suffolk Deeds, Lib. xxiv., p. 249). 

He had also appeared at Boston as early as 1666, as commander of a vessel 
sailing between New England, New York and Old England. — Walter K. Wat- 

John Perry late of Antigua but now of St. James Westminster, Mid- 
dlesex, merchant, 24 June 1708, proved 4 April 1713. The parish of 
Youghall wherein I was born, in the Co. of Cork and Kingdom of Ireland. 
The parish of Christ Church in the City of Cork. The parish of St. John's 
in the Island of Antigua, one of the Leeward Islands. My sister in law 
Mary Perry, widow and relict of my deceased brother Samuel. My dear 
and well beloved sister Anne Osborne, widow, and her two daughters Mary 
Mills and Joyce Osbourne. Every of the grandchildren of my said sister 
Osborne (except Jo. Freeman the son of James Freeman to whom I have 
already given &c). My nephew Samuel Perry at twenty one. My wife 
Anne. My daughter Anne Perry. A debt due to me from Major Long 
of said Antigua. Daughter Dorothy Perry. Debt due to me from Patrick 
Browne late of Antigua. Daughter Elizabeth Perry. My half of the 
plantation in St. Mary's, Antigua, lately rented to Patrick Browne deceased. 

To my daughter Mary all my right, title and interest of, in and to my 
plantation in the Province of South Carolina. My nephew Jonathan 
Perry, son of my brother Edward, at twenty one. My brother Edward 
Perry, my friend Archibald Hutchinson Esq. and my wife to be guardians 
of my children. My daughters Anne and Dorothy Perrey and my brother 
Edward to be joint executors. 

Commission issued (at above date)* to Jonathan Perry, lawful guardian 
of Anne and Dorothy Perry, to administer during their minority or until 
Edward Perry, the other executor, shall have accepted. 

Proved 7 October 1713 by Edward Perry, power reserved for Anne and 
Dorothy. ' 

116 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

Commission issued 23 May 1717 to Jonathan Perrie, guardian of Anne 
and Dorothy Perrie, to administer during their minority, Edward Perry 
the other executor having deceased. 

Proved 5 August 1722 by Anne Rigby ah Perrie (wife of Richard 
Rigby), power reserved for Dorothy. Leeds, 88. 

Edward Perrie of Antigua 24 February 1714, with a codicil dated 
24 January 171 proved 23 May 1717. My eldest daughter Mary Pullen 
of London widow. My only son Jonathan Perrie of London merchant. 
My well beloved friends Mr. Hopefor Bendall, Mr. Edward Chester jr. and 
Mr. Joseph Adams of Antigua merchants. 

In the Codicil certain specific legacies. To son Jonathan all my plate 
with my coat of arms. To my sister Nisbitt my common prayer book and 
the seal that's hanging to my watch which did belong to my brother John 
Perrie. To Mr. Hopefor Bendall my sword, belt and gun. To Mr. Ben- 
dall's daughter (my godchild) the silver tankard I expect out of England. 
Other legacies. Whitfield, 101. 

John Barton of Huntingdon in the County of Huntingdon, burgess 
and alderman of the same borough, 4 March 1642, proved 23 October 1647. 
My will and desire is that Mr. Pike the minister of All Saints in Hunting- 
don should preach at my burial for the edifying of the people; and I give 
him for his pains therein to be taken forty shillings. My lease of certain 
pasture grounds in Buckworth (Huntingdonshire) holden of the Duke of 
Richmond and Lenox and had by assignment from Robert Wapole of 
Woodwalton in said County I do give (the remainder of the term) unto the 
said Robert Wapole, and also my stock of cattle upon said pasture grounds, 
upon trust &c. Sixty pounds to be given to my sister Stumbles and her 
children, fifty pounds to my sister Allen's children, ten pounds to my ser- 
vant Robert Berry. I give my messuage &c. in Huntingdon wherein I now 
dwell to my wife Elizabeth, for and during the term of her natural life, 
and after her decease to John Barton my uncle Thomas Barton's son and 
the heirs of his body &c, with remainder to all the children of my sisters 
Jane Stombles and Anne Allen. I give to my nephew John Gymber that 
part of my messuage or cottage in Godmanchester now in the occupation 
of Robert Litstar. The rest of said messuage, now in the occupation of 
John Tubbs I give to my sister Anne Allen. But my wife Elizabeth is to 
have the said messuage or cottage during her life. I give her also my four 
acres of meadow in Westmeadow in Godmanchester, for life and after her 
decease I give said meadow to my aforesaid kinsman John Barton. To 
m} T sister Lettice Kyte five pounds. To my aunt Vintner of Godmanches- 
ter forty shillings towards the buying of her a bullock. To the poor of 
Huntingdon forty shillings and thirty nine shillings more which is owing to 
me from the town. All the residue &c. to my wife Elizabeth and my 
aforesaid kinsman John Barton to be equally enjoyed and occupied between 
them in a joint partnership of trading together, which my desire is may 
continue between them during their joint lives. If not then an equal divi- 
sion to be made between them &c. They to be executors and Gervace 
Fullwood of Huntingdon, gen 1 ., and Thomas Pont of the same town, gen 1 ., 
to be overseers. 

Wit: Richard Pike, clerk, Thomas Pont, Francis Bludwicke. Proved 
by John Barton. Fines, 199. 

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Elizabeth Barton of Hunt, widow, 10 July 1646, proved 23 October 
1647. To my sister Lettice Kite twenty pounds and the bed on which I 
lie and the things which pertain thereto. To all the children of my brother 
Thomas Kite of Chattels, by name Fortunatus Kite, Benjamin Kite, 
Rebecca Shepard, Elizabeth Blote, Mary Kite and Frances Neale, five 
pounds apiece. To Elizabeth Haines five pounds. To the poor of Hunt- 
ingdon thirty shillings. To my servant Josiah Lambert one pair of sheets. 
To my servant Annis Web my old gown. All the rest of my worldly 
goods I give to John Barton whom I make sole executor. 

Fines, 201. 

[In the office of the Clerk of the Courts for Essex County, at Salem, Mass., 
are two volumes (I. and II.) of Notarial Records. In vol. i., fol. 56, begins a 
series of depositions and affidavits about the late John Barton of Salem, ances- 
tor of many well known and important Salem people. The chief evidence is 
that of Lydia Barton, who calls herself relict widow of Doctor John Barton, 
formerly of Huntington, in the kingdom of England, more lately of Salem, 
aforesaid, deceased. She deposes that her late husband came to New England 
in 1672, that he was married to the deponent 7 June, 1675, that he was an apoth- 
ecary by occupation at first and afterwards practised physic and chyrurgery, 
that he departed this life in the Island of Barbados in December, 1694, as she 
was certainly advised, and that she had often heard him say in his lifetime that 
he was the son of Mr. John Barton of Huntington, before mentioned, fell- 
monger, and that he had several brothers, the names of three of whom, the 
deponent well remembered, were Robert, Thomas and Furley, but that depo- 
nent's husband, John Barton, was the eldest brother. She further deposed that 
she had lawful issue by the said John Barton, five sons and one daughter, that 
the two eldest, both whose names were John, after their father and grand- 
father's names, died both in infancy, so that there were surviving, Thomas, 
Zacheus, Samuel and Elizabeth, of whom Thomas, the eldest surviving son of 
the said Dr. John Barton, deceased, was, at the time of the affidavit, bound on 
a voyage to Barbados and England. 

The above affidavit was taken on the twenty-sixth or twenty-eighth day of 
February, 1705 (6). Let me add that Mrs. Barton had been Lydia Roberts and 
step-daughter of Mr. Moses Maverick of Marblehead. — Henry F. Waters.] 

Thomas Coles, citizen and cloth worker of London, 23 August 1672, 
proved 7 September 1672. To be buried in the middle aisle of the parish 
church of St. Mary Islington, where I am now inhabitant. Wife Jane 
Coles. Her daughter Anne Delaune. Wife's sister Mary Chipchase. 
The five children of cousin Mr. Paul Pryaulx, William, Peter, Mary, Amee 
and Jane. Cousin Elizabeth Ellis living in the parish of Stepney, near 
Ratcliffe Cross, and cousin Anne Adams, her sister, living in or near Plum- 
sted in Kent. Friend Thomas Reynolds of Byfield in the County of 
Northampton and my cousin Edeth Reynolds, widow, his mother, and Edith 
and Anne Reynolds, two of her daughters. Cousin Elizabeth Bellio, now 
servant with Mr. Skinner, merchant in Augustine Friers in London. 
Judith Chipchase, daughter of the aforenamed Mary Chipchase. The 
parish of Morton Pinckney (Northampton) where I was born. 

Eure, 109. 

TThe will of Paul Mercer (see Reg. for 1893, pp. 511-3) shows that Mary 
Chipchase was a daughter of Mercer's sister, Mrs. Judith Johnson. Jane, 
another daughter, was referred to in Mercer's will as then (1661) the relict of 
the late Gideon de Lawne. She must afterwards have become the wife of 
Thomas Coles, as above. The will of Mrs. Mary Coquell alias Le Mercier, 
widow of Martin Vander Bist, of which a large summary is given in the Regis- 
ter for January, 1895 (pp. 137-140), should be studied in connection with all 
the other Mercer and Pryaulx wills. She was a sister of Paul Mercer, Judith 
Johnson, Hester Bachiler and others there named. In my note on page 140 

VOL. L. 11 

118 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

(of Reg. for Jan. 1895) I suggest that these Mercers, or perhaps more properly 
Le Merciers, may have migrated from France or the Channel Islands. I ought 
to have added that they may also have been of Flemish origin. There was 
evidently a large migration (of Protestants) from Flanders to England. The 
Registers of Wills show this. I believe the Houblon family (connected with 
the Mercers) was Flemish. — H. F. Waters.] 

James Clarke of East Farleigh, Kent, gen 4 , 13 July 1614, proved 1 
November 1614. Daughter Grace Clarke. I give to Abraham Preble, 
my servant, five pounds and to Anne Joye, my maid, forty shillings, to be 
paid to every of them within two years after my decease. [ give to every 
of my servants which serve me without wages five shillings apiece. And 
to every one that serveth me for wages two shillings and six pence apiece, 
in token of remembrance. Payment made to Margery Baker. And she 
to have a dwelling in my house as before. The reparations of the church. 
The poor of the parish. Mr. Basden minister. Son Edward. Wife Mary. 
My two sisters (not named). I give unto Griffin Roches and Jane his 
wife my house and orchard lying at Court wood gate in the parish of Hyn- 
ton, to have and to hold to them during the life of the said Jane. And 
after her death I give them to Weston Clarke and to his heirs for ever. I 
give unto Dolor Davis my servant my house and land lying in the parish 
of Marden, the which is in the occupation of one Terrye. And after the 
death of my wife Mary Clarke I give unto Weston Clarke all my lands, 
tenements and hereditaments lying in the parish of Hynton (he paying to 
his brethren to every one of them an hundred pounds according to my last 
will, for otherwise I know not how they shall be paid). Lawe, 118. 

Abraham Preble of East Banning (Kent) husbandman, 12 April 1625, 
proved 28 April 1625. My body to be buried in the church yard of East 
Farleigh. To the poor of East Farleigh twelve shillings. To the poor of 
East Banning eight shillings. To Mr. Basden minister of East Farleigh 
fifteen shillings at the day of my burial. To the wife of Tobias Lowes, 
with whom I live, for her pains she hath taken with me, four pounds. To 
Annis Preble three pounds. To the three children of Mary Brodshew 
widow twenty shillings apiece. I do make Mr. George Carpenter of East 
Farleigh my executor. Mary Bradshawe a witness. Clarke, 37. 

[In the will of James Clarke we have a number of New England names, viz., 
Abraham Preble, Weston Clarke and Dolor Davis. See also Ped. of Clerk in 
Vis. of London (Harl. Soc. Pub., vol. xv., p. 172). — H. F. Waters. 

Eben Putnam, editor of Putnam's Monthly Historical Magazine, prints in 
the number for September, 1895, page 253, an abstract of the will of Robert 
Preble, who names among his children a son Abraham. The emigrant ancestor 
of the New England Prebles bore the christian name of Abraham. He came to 
this country with the "Men of Kent" and settled somewhere about the year 
1636 at Scituate in Plymouth Colony. (See Rear Admiral Preble's Genealogy 
of the Preble Family, Boston, 1868.) These wills may assist in tracing the 
English ancestry of the New England family. The abstract of Robert Preble's 
will is as follows. — Editor.] 

Robert Preble of Denton, the elder, carpenter. Will dated 2 March, 
1634; proved 7 July, 1635. Son Robert Preble, £20. Son Abraham 
Preble, £20. Daughter Elenor Benjamin, £6. Daughter Frances Jacob, 
£8. Daughter Margaret Preble, £4. Brother Richard Preble and son 
Robert Preble to be executors and they are authorized to sell house and 
lands to meet the legacies. 

Wit. by Mary Bushell, Lawrence Carington. Arch. Kent., 69-85. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 119 

Rebecca Angell of London, widow, 15 April 1676, with a codicil 
added 9 May, proved 7 March 1 676. My burial to be with as much pri- 
vacy as well may be and without charge of mourning, only that rings of 
ten shillings apiece be given for a remembrance of me to every one of my 
own brothers and sisters and to such as are or have been their wives or 
husbands, and also to my sister Elizabeth Angell, widow to my cousin 
William Angell, and to my sister Mary Hocknell and to my cousin Michael 
Harvey and his wife and my cousin William Harvey. And concerning my 
estate I give the same wholly to my dear son William Angell &c, provided 
that if he die before his age of eighteen years then I give the sum of fifty 
pounds owing me by my brother Joshua Pordage to his son, my cousin 
George Pordage. I make and ordain my loving brother Henry Mellish 
the executor of this my will, in trust only for my said son William Angell, 
and do constitute my said brother the guardian of my said son, willing and 
desiring him nevertheless, in the education and disposing of my said son> to 
take the advice and direction of my loving cousins Mr. Michael Harvey and 
Mr. William Harvey and my brother Mr. Walter Hampton and my said 
brother Pordage. 

In the Codicil Mrs. Angell desired that if her son William Angell should 
depart this life before the age of eighteen years that then what estate she 
hath left him, as in her will, shall be disposed of as followeth, viz 1 she gives 
to her sister Mary Steele wife to Sergeant William Steele one hundred 
pounds, to Mr. Michael Harvey twenty pounds, to his brother Mr. William 
Harvey twenty pounds, the rest to her brother Henry Mellish. Hale, 28. 

[This will gives us a little more information about the English connections 
of George Pordage of Boston (Mass.)? whose father, we have already learned, 
was Joshua Pordage. — H. F. Waters.] 

George Alcock of the parish of St. Katherine Cree Church alias 
Christ Church in London gen 1 , 27 February 1676, proved 9 March 1676. 
I give &c. all my lands, tenements &c. wherein I am now possessed or 
"interessed" in, or whereof I shall be possessed or interessed in, or which 
shall come to me by virtue of any Grant or Patent to be made to me, situ- 
ate in New England iu the parts beyond the seas, in manner and form fol- 
lowing: one moiety, or half part, to my cousin Benjamin Walker, citizen 
and pewterer of London, to my brother John Alcock of New England, 
merchant, one fourth part, to my kinsman Joshua Lamb one eighth part, 
and the other eighth part to my brother Palsgrave Alcock and my five sis- 
ters, Ann Williams the wife of John Williams, Sarah Whitman the wife of 
Zachariah Whitman, Mary Lamb the wife of Joshua Lamb the father, 
Elizabeth Alcock and Joanna Alcock and their heirs, equally to be divided 
between them, to hold as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Of 
my personal estate I give to my brother Zachariah Whitman ten pounds. 
Like sums to my uncle John Edwards the elder and Mr. Peter Thacher. 
To the church of Roxbury in New England five pounds. To the school 
there five pounds. The residue to be divided equally among my brothers 
and sisters. Benjamin Walker, Zachariah Whitman and Peter Thacher 
to be executors. 

Proved by the oaths of Benjamin Walker and Peter Thacher, two of the 
executors named in the will, power reserved to grant similar commission 
to Zachariah Whitman, the other executor named in the will, when he 
should come to demand it. Hale, 28. 

[One has only to refer to Savage's Gen. Diet, to learn who this George 
Alcock was. — H. F. Waters. 

120 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

George Alcock, grandfather of the testator, came in the fleet with Win- 
throp, and was connected with the Dorchester and Roxbury churches, as deacon. 
His will in 1640 (Register vol. ii., p. 104) leaves his property for education of 
his children, among whom is specially mentioned his son John, whom he went 
to England for, and brought to New England, educating him at Harvard. 
John graduated in the class of 1646 ; married, about 1648, Sarah, daughter of 
Dr. Richard and Anne Palsgrave, and died in 1667. Among their children were 
George, the testator, born in 1655, and the brothers and sisters mentioned as 

The testator was of the 1659 class of Harvard, and for a sketch of his life 
including an abstract of his will, see Sibley's Harvard Graduates, vol. ii., p. 
420-422. The inventory of his estate is in the Suffolk County (Mass.) Probate 
Files, No. 938, and Records, vol. vi., p. 225.— Walter K. Watkins.] 

Edward Moffatt of St. Sidwell's in ths city of Exon, linen draper, 3 
March, 1726, proved 19 April 1727. To James Kennedy and to Anne, 
his daughter, twenty pounds apiece. To Edward Kennedy four hundred 
pounds. To my nephew William Kennedy fifteen hundred pounds. To 
my nephew John Johnson five hundred pounds. To my nephew James 
Johnson one hundred pounds. To my niece Sarah Johnson two hun- 
dred pounds. To my nephew William Johnson six thousand pounds. 
To my niece Mary Johnson two hundred pounds. To Jannet Pater- 
son and Mary Paterson four hundred pounds apiece. To my kinsman 
W m Moffatt fifteen pounds. To Adam Moffatt of Birmingham five 
pounds. To Margaret Moffatt five pounds. To Jannet Moffatt of Hook 
ten pounds. To Jannett Moffatt of Tundergarth five pounds. To William 
Tagert in London twenty pounds. To Thomas Armstrong two guineas. 
To Adam Smart a ring of fifteen shillings. A certain trust to be made for 
the use of four orthodox presbiterian ministers of the city of Exon. To 
my uncle Thomas Moffatt three pounds per annum for life. To the chil- 
dren of my kinsman John Moffatt two thousand pounds, they to have the 
income &c. for their maintenance and education, and I do appoint their 
father, William Johnson and John Kennedy trustees for the said children. 
To the parish of Corrie in the County of Annandale two hundred and 
eighty pounds the interest whereof is and shall be to maintain a school- 
master for teaching the children there to read and write, and I give twenty 
pounds for building a schoolhouse. To the morning lecture at Bow meet- 
ing in Exon twenty shillings per annum and to the Charity School twenty 
shillings per annum. To James Scott of Shipton Mallet and his two sons 
two guineas each. 

Item, I give unto Thomas Moffatt of Boston in New England a ring of 
sixteen shillings value. To John Kennedy all my household goods and 
one thousand pounds. All the residue to my kinsman John Moffatt and 
my nephew the said John Kennedy and I make them executors. 

Wit : Roger Hopping, Robert Livingston, Jn° Conant. Farrant, 95. 

[Mr. Thomas Moffett, named by the testator, is first found in Boston, exer- 
cising the duties of a constable in the year 1715, and at about the date of the 
testator's bequest, held the then responsible office cf scavenger, to be followed 
by the still higher honor of a town assessor. His further advancement was 
slow, but ten years later, in 1739, he was chosen as a collector of taxes, but un- 
fortunately for the town Mr. Moffett begged to be excused, as he was soon to be 
bound for Great Britain, where he doubtless went, as we find no more trace of 
him in Boston. In 1757 there appears a John Moffett, probably a young man, as 
he was chosen to that position usually tendered the young and active, "the office 
of hogreeve. 

A Wm. Moffett was at Killingly, Conn., 1708-9, and later Dr. Thomas Moffatt 
of New London was of prominence. — Walter K. Watkins.] 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 121 

Thomas Willsonne of Bockinge, Essex, gen*., 24 February 33 d Eliz th , 
proved 31 March 1591. Thomas Willsonne my father, late of Bednall 
Green, Middlesex deceased, did make me by his last will &c. his sole execu- 
tor. Leases of lands in Stepney, houses &c. in St. Martin's in the Fields 
by Charing Cross bequeathed by him. My daughters Susan, Elizabeth, 
Jane, Anne, Mary, Winifride, Frances and Dorothy at days of marriage or 
age of one and twenty years. My brother John Willsonn and his wife. 
My sister Bradburrie. My sif,ter Pigott. My sister Barbara Lucas. My 
sister Anne Haines. My sister Joane. My sister Elizabeth. I give to 
Thomas Willsonn my eldest son a horn bordered about with silver parcel 
gilt. My son Philip Willsonn. John Robinson, my children's school- 
master. My uncle Jeffrey Brooke's wife. To my mother Simons one 
ring of gold with a death's head. Henry Barr. Son Thomas at one and 
twenty. My wife to be executrix and beloved friends, Master Edward 
Thursbie and my uncle Master Jeffery Brooke to be overseers. 

Among the witnesses were Lawncelott Browne, Doctor of Physic, and 
Humfrey Clarke. 

Proved by William Creake, Notary Public, Attorney for Susan the relict 
of the deceased. Sainberbe, 23. 

Susan Willson of Booking, Essex, widow, late wife of Thomas 
Wilson gen*, deceased, her will dated 24 December 1615, published and 
declared 14 May 1616, proved 10 June 1616. To be buried in the church 
of Braintree. The poor of Braintree, Bocking and Stysted. My sons 
Philip and John Wilson. My son in law Thomas Trotter and my daughter 
Anne his wife. My son in law William Lyngwood and my daughter Mary 
his wife. My son in law Anthony Filioll. My daughter Winifride now 
wife of William Brocke. My grandchild Susan Spooner at one and twenty 
or day of marriage. Loving friends Christopher Thursbie Esq. and John 
Sorrell of Stebbing gen*. My cousin and loving friend John Smyth late of 
Loughborough in Leicestershire. My loviug friend Mrs. Thursbie the wife 
of Christopher Thursbie of Bocking Esq. and my godson Mr. John Thurs- 
bye, his son. My cousin Mary Meade of Stansted Monfitchet, widow, and 
my godchild Mary Palmer, her daughter. My godchild Susan daughter to 
Mr. John Sorrell of Stebbing. Henry Barre, sometimes my servant. 
Robert Byndes of Stisted, my good neighbor, and his daughter Susan now 
the wife of Matthew Francke of Bocking. Constance Bridge of Brayntree. 
Mary Sparhawke sometimes my servant. Margery Dixon sometimes my 
servant and now the wife of Robert Billing. My servant Susan Glascocke. 
My uncle Mr. Jeffrey Brocke and my aunt his wife. My loving cousin 
Mrs. Frances Iremonger daughter of my uncle Jeffrey Brocke. Edward 
Barre my servant. My daughter Dorothy Filioll. I give to my son 
Philip Willson my three little messuages &c. in Brayntree, in a place there 
called the Pounde End. I give to my son John Willson my messuage or 
tenement &c. in Braintree which I lately bought of one John Denman, now 
in the occupation of my son in law William Lyngwood, and two tenements 
&c. in Braintree now in the occupation of Richard Owltinge and Thomas 
Clarke. I give to William Lyngwood and my daughter Mary his wife my 
Inn &c. called the Home in Braintree, which I purchased of Jervase Brad- 
hawe and now in said Bradshawe's occupation. My eldest son Thomas 
Willson. My daughters Anne Trotter and Mary Lyngwood shall have that 
messuage &c. called Lulls in Bradwell by Coggeshall Essex which was given 
to them and others by my father in law Mr. Symons, notwithstanding any 
vol, L. 11* 

122 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [Jan. 

release they have heretofore made unto me. Son John Willson and two 
sons in law Thomas Trotter and William Lyngwood to be executors. Mary 
the wife of my son John. Mrs. Dorothy Glascock. Cope, 62. , 

Philip Wilson of Bednall Greene, parish of Stepney, Middlesex, gen 1 ., 
27 June 1620, proved 24 July 1620. Manor &c. of Bishop's Hall in Mid- 
dlesex to my son Philip. My son Thomas and my two daughters Eliza- 
beth and Margaret Wilson. My three messuages in Braintree, Essex, 
called the Pounde. My mother in law Elizabeth Weldinge. My uncle 
Thomas Hogge. My brother in law James Baynes. My sister in law Jane 
Weldinge. Soame, 73. 

John Wilson of Wardon Abbey in the Co. of Bedford, gen*., 16 April 
1622, proved 31 July 1622. To be buried in the church of Wardon. My 
son Charles at one and twenty and daughters Mary and Elizabeth Wilson 
at eighteen or marriage. To my wife Bridget my messuages, lands &c. in 
Braintree, Essex, to hold till my son Charles comes to his full age of one 
and twenty years. My wife and my father in law Thomas Wyna, gent., to 
be executors and my brother Thomas Wilson and my brother in law Wil- 
liam Lingwood to be overseers. Savile, 64. 

John Smith of London, gen*., 7 December 1625, proved 8 November 
1626. To my nephew Richard Morecrofte son of my sister Phillipp More- 
crofte my house and messuage with land &c, being freehold land bought 
by me of his father Thomas Morecrofte, deceased some years past, situate , 
in Loughborowe, Leicestershire; but the said Richard's mother, my sister, 
shall have her dwelling therein during her natural life. My niece Mary 
Newton wife of Miles Newton of London haberdasher. Thomas Newton, 
her son. My niece Margaret Allen, daughter of my sister Phillipp More- 
crofte and wife to John Allen of Loughborowe. My niece Dorothy Lovet 
wife to William Lovet of Loughborowe, tanner. Niece Joane Morecrofte. 
To the late left wife of my nephew Lawrence Palmer, late of Stansteed 
Montfitched in the county of Herford and every one of said Lawrence Pal- 
mer's children born of this widow, his late wife. Matthew Palmer second 
son to my sister Mary Meade late of Stansted Montfitched, widow, and 
George Palmer her third son. Susan, her eldest daughter, Katherine, her 

second daughter, and Mary, her third daughter. Jane Ince als. , 

now living in the city of Dublin, Ireland, being the daughter of my niece 
Phillipp Turner als. Ince, late deceased, whilst she lived the wife of Richard 
Turnor. My cousin Richard Turnor and Anne Turnor, his daughter. My 
brother in law Thomas Howgh of Loughborowe dyer, sometime husband 
unto my sister Ann, and Thomas Howgh the younger, her son. My niece 
Elizabeth Fowler now dwelling in Loughborowe, daughter of my said sister 
Ann. My niece Patience Warde, wife to Michaell Warde of London, gro- 
cer, and each of her children. My niece Mary daughter of my said sister 
Ann. My niece Isabel Howgh, now in service in London, another daugh- 
ter, and Ann Howgh the youngest daughter. My brother in law William 
Felgate and his daughter Ann, my god daughter, and every of his sons, 
being two in number, and each of his other daughters besides the said Ann 
and Blanch Felgate, his daughter (to whom a larger bequest). My cousin 
Mrs. Francis Iremonger and her daughter Katheren Iremonger and her 
other daughters. Every one of her sons. Their father Mr. Henry Ire- 
monger, my cousin. My cousin Miles Newton. 

I give to my cousin Mr. Thomas Trotter five pounds and to his wife, my 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 123 

cousin Ann Trotter, five pounds and to every one of their children twenty 
shillings apiece. I give to my cousin Mrs. Dorothy Filliall three pounds and 
to my cousin Mrs. Mary Lingwood three pounds and to my cousin Wini- 
fride Brocke three pounds. John Alleyn, my kinsman, one of the church- 
wardens of Loughborowe. My sister Morecrofte's two daughters Margaret 
Allen and Dorothy Lovett. My niece Mary Newton and her sister Joane. 
My cousin Edward Bagguley and his two sisters Elizabeth and Cassandra. 
My cousin Thomas Slywright of the Inner Temple Esq. Mrs. Bridget 
Wilson widow, late the wife of John Wilson gen*, deceased. Mrs. Horsell 
widow, sister of my said cousin Mr. Henry Iremonger. Myles Newton 
and Henry Iremonger to be executors. Hele, 116. 

Thomas Wilson of Booking, Essex, gen*., 16 Oetober 1627, proved 9 
November 1627. My body to be buried in the chancel of Braintree. The 
poor of Booking, Stisted and Braintree. My messuage and farm in Great 
and Little Canfield to be sold by Humfry Mawditt, gen 1 ., and my brother 
ia law William Lyngwood for payment of my debts and legacies. To my 
daughter Elizabeth my copyhold lands in Braintree, called Companes or 
otherwise, now in the occupation of the said William Lingwood, and the 
parcel of land in Braintree called the horsefair field and Windmill Hill in 
Braintree (and other lands), to enter upon the same at her age of one and 
twenty years, with remainder to daughter Mary, next to daughter Dorothy. 
Bequests to Mary and Dorothy. My eldest son, John, hath behaved him- 
self very disobediently towards me and my wife, his mother, and I see little 
hope of amendment. My mill called Stisted mill, in Stisted. Although 
my son Thomas hath heretofore behaved himself undutifully to me and my 
wife, his mother, yet I hope better of him hereafter. My wife Elizabeth. 
My messuage and farm called Hatches in Braintree. My manor or mes- 
suage called Jenkins to my wife, for her life, and after her decease to my 
son Thomas. Sir William Maxey, knight, my worthy friend. My cousin 
James Heron Esq. My mother In law Mrs. Mary Clarke. My sisters 
Mary Lingwood and Dorothy Filioll. My cousin and god daughter Susan 
Lingwood. Mrs. Catherine Mawditt. My wife to be sole executrix. I do 
earnestly entreat Sir William Maxey, knight, and my cousin Heron to be 

Among the witnesses were Fulke Wodhull and W. Lyngwood. 

Skynner, 114. 

Thomas Trotter of London, merchant, 30 November 1631, sealed and 
published 1 March 163], proved 12 March 1631. Debts and funeral 
charges satisfied and paid my personal estate to be divided into two equal 
parts, one half being in my proper power, by the eminent and laudable 
custom of City of London, and the other half belonging to my children. I 
have already advanced and preferred in marriage my two eldest daughters, 
Anne and Elizabeth. My two youngest daughters unadvanced, Susanne 
and Thomasin Trotter. My eldest daughters (named) Anne Grove aud 
Elizabeth Amos. My grandchildren Thomas and Anne Grove. My grand- 
child Isacke Amos. The Company of Salters of London whereof I am a 
member. I do forgive and release unto my uncle Nicholas Skynner and 
my cousin Martyn (Skynner) and to Thomas Skynner, his son, all such 
sum and sums of money as they owe unto me by specialty or otherwise. 
My cousin Daniel Skynner and my cousin Richard Wiseman. My sister 
Lyngwood, my cousin Susan Spooner and my cousin Laurence Arthure's 

124 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

wife, my cousin Robert "Wimple's wife and my cousin Myles Newton's wife. 
To Nicholas Woodward of Bockinge. The pastor and curate of St. Dun- 
stan in the East where I dwell. Mr. Nathaniel Shute to preach a sermon 
for the instructing of the people that shall assemble at my funeral, which I 
hope and desire the parson of St. Duustan will give leave unto. My two 
youngest daughters, Susan and Thomasine Trotter and my friend Joseph 
Brand to be executors and my brother William Lyngwood, my son in law 
Thomas Amos and my friends Myles Newton and Lawrence Arthur to be 
supervisors. I have in my life time settled and assured, by several deeds, 
certain lands and an annuity out of a house in Braintree and Booking, 
Essex, to the uses of the several poor in those parishes. Then follows a 
note of such parishes as are to have fifty pounds distributed amongst their 
poor. Eight parishes in Colchester, the three parishes in Sudbury (where 
John Lord and Robert Whitinges were among those to oversee the distri- 
bution), Braintree (under the oversight of Mr. John Hawkins, W m Ling- 
wood, Johu Maryan, John Debnam, Adrian Mott), Bocking (John Keightlye, 
Lawrence Arthur, John Ames (?), Isaack Ansell, Matthew Whipple), 

Coxall (Coggeshall), Witham (Jeremy Garoad, William Skynner, 

Nycholls), Halsted and certain parishes in London and four parishes in 
Southwark. Audley, 31. 

Mary Clarke of Bocking, Essex, widow, 4 September 1G30, proved 
1 June 1633. My body to be buried in the Chancel of Bradwell. The 
poor of Bradwell, Bocking and Stisted. My loving brother Sir William 
Maxey, knight, my son in law John Nodes, gen fc . My daughter Nodes. 
My daughter Dorothy Wilsmore. I give to my son William Clarke four 
pounds and to his two sons twenty shillings apiece. To my grandchild 
Elizabeth Wilson twenty shillings. To my grandchild and god daughter 
Mary Wilson twelve pounds, my silver spoon and my wedding ring. To 
my grandchild Dorothy Wilson thirty shillings and my little ring. To my 
grandchild John Wilson twenty shillings and I forgive him five pounds 
which he oweth me. To my grandchild Thomas Wilson three pounds. 
To my cousin Mr. Bryan Tuke forty shillings. To William Lingwood 
gen*, and Mary his wife, my god daughter, twenty shillings apiece. Mr. 
Normington of Bradwell to preach at my burial. Four of Sir William 
Maxey's men to carry my body to church to be buried. My grandchild 
Mary Wilson to be executrix and William Lyngwood supervisor. 

Russell, 58. 

Dorothy Wilson of Bocking, Essex, singlewoman (nuncupative), 6 
October 1636. She gave all to her brother Thomas and his wife. Com- 
mission issued, 15 October 1636, to Thomas Wilson and Jane his wife, the 
legataries, &c, to administer &c. Pile, 105. 

William Read of Bocking, Essex, yeoman, 20 March 1646, proved 
23 April 1649. To Daniel Read, one of my brother Francis Read's sons, 
my tenement and freehold lands in Panfield, late purchased of the widow 
Coggeshall, he to pay his brother Francis Read twenty pounds and twenty 
pounds unto William Stoakes. To my brother Thomas Read, for life, my 
two tenements called Levitt's, in Bocking, and after his decease to his son 
William. To Elizabeth Wilson, my kinswoman, wife of John Wilson, 
my tenement called Arnold's, for life, and next to her son William Wilson, 
with remainder to the rest of her children. My godson William Stokes. 
My godson James Freeman. The rest of the children of James Free- 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 125 

man, viz*. Henry, John and Elizabeth Freeman. My godson William 
Miller, son of William Miller of High Roding. Martha Princett daugh- 
ter of John Princett. Agnes Clarke, the wife of Robert Clarke of Fel- 
sted, and Agnes Clarke her daughter. My brother Thomas Reade to be 
sole executor and my kinsman Daniel Read to be overseer. 

Fairfax, 45. 

[A pedigree of this family of Wilson is given in the Visitations of Essex 
(Harl. Soc. Pub., Vol. 13, p. 625). These wills and a lot of other wills relating 
to East Anglian families which I have been gathering for years I am getting 
into print partly, perhaps chiefly, for my own convenience, since they are all 
more or less connected with families who, I am sure, had each of them one or 
more representatives in New England : when once in print they can be much 
more easily referred to than if they were to remain, as hitherto, only in manu- 
script. William Lyngwood who married into this family of Wilson was somehow 
related or connected with numerous New Englanders, as appears from his letter 
of 20 March 1651 to his " Cosen Clarke," to be found in Vol. 2 of Land Records 
in the office of the Secretary of State, Hartford, Connecticut, and published in 
full in The Goodwins of East Anglia, 1890. No one acquainted with the records 
of the early settlers of Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut will read these 
East Anglian wills which I shall furnish without being struck, as I have been, 
with their significance even where positive clews are not given. 

Henry F. Waters.] 

Elizabeth Clopton late of Boxford, Suffolk, widow (nuncupative) 
25 October 1603, proved 18 February 1603. The poor of Boxford. 
Master Sandes the preacher. John Potter in whose house she lodged. 
Mistress Brande her cousin. The widow Brag. The widow Brande. The 
widow Gierke. All the residue (her debts being paid and legacies dis- 
charged) she willed should be divided between John Whiting, Henry Whit- 
ing, Elizabeth Tarver, her grandchildren, and Thomas Gates, her great 

Wit: Anne Brande, John Potter and divers others. 

Commission issued (at above date) to John and Henry Whiting as next 
akin, to administer according to the tenor of the will. Harte, 16. 

Samuel Armitage citizen and mercer of London, 23 September 1631, 
proved 15 October 1631. Wife Joane Armitage to be executrix. My 
brother in law John Seaman, my sister Sara, his wife, and every one of 
their children. My brother in law Matthew Langley, my sister Mary, his 
wife, and every one of their children. My brother in law James Boulton, 
my sister Anne, his wife, and every one of their children. My brother 
in law John Key, my sister Dorothy, his wife, and every one of their chil- 
dren. My sister Jane Armitage. My uncle Mr. Samuel Armitage. My 
friend Mr. Arthur Lee. I do give unto my loving aunt Mrs. Hester Long- 
ley and Mrs. Susan Williamot ten shillings apiece. My cousin Elizabeth 
Chambers. My cousin Mr. Samuel Slater, Mr. Dr. Surges and Mr. Shad- 
rach Simpson, ministers of the word of God. Katherine and Ann Simp- 
son daughters of the said Mr. Shadrach Simpson. My friend Mr. Edward 
Taylor, citizen and girdler of London. Mr. John Basset, Mr. P2dmond 
Clerke and Mr. John Fel'ton. My loving uncle Mr. Samuel Armitage and 
my loving friend Mr. Arthur Lee to be overseers. St. John, 105. 

John Whiting of Hadley, Suffolk, Mercer, 2 April 1637, proved 15 
November 1637. To Rose my loving wife all those my lands and tene- 
ments in Naughton (Newton ?) and Neging, in the occupation of Robert 
Marshall (and others) for and during her life, upon condition that she shall 

126 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [Jan. 

seal a good perfect release unto my sons John and Henry of all her thirds 
or dower of the rest of my lands and houses &c. And after the decease of 
Rose my wife I give the said lands and tenements, both free and copy, in 
Newton and Neging unto John Whiting my son. I give him my lands in 
Layow with a mill thereunto belonging, called Coe mill. I give him my 
house wherein I dwell in Hadly and the piece of ground near Tapsall 
bridge. I give and bequeath unto Henry Whiteing ray son my house and 
land in Bramford, both free and copy, upon condition that he pay the rest 
of the money which is behind and unpaid by John Beadswell out of the 
land at Wenam which I purchased in his name for him and gave him at 
Wenom, as by John Berde's will appeareth. I give unto Henry my son 
seven hundred pounds of lawful money, i.e. five hundred at the age of five 
and twenty years and the other two hundred within one year after his 
apprenticeship come out. I give unto Rose my wife fifty pounds. To 
Mary Coper my daughter forty pounds. To Henry my son my part of a 
ship called the Roebucke. I give to Henry my copyhold house at Carsy. 
I will that he shall pay unto his mother ten pounds a year during her widow- 
hood. I give unto Robert Payne my son in law my house and land in 
Newton, free and copy, called the Saracen's Head, with the appurtenances, 
to him during his life and after his death to John Payne, my grandchild, 
and his heirs forever ; and for want of such heirs to return to my heirs 
again ; but upon condition the said Robert Paine do assure to his two sons 
that he had by my daughter, John and Robert Payne, the sum of thirty 
pounds apiece more as he stand bound to do upon marriage and that 
he do seal a release to my son John Whiting of all former promises. I 
give to Thomas Whiting my grandchild twenty pounds of current money to 
be laid out in plate for him. I give to Hanna Proctor my grandchild 
twenty nobles and to John Payne my grandchild forty pounds and to 
Robert Payne my grandchild twenty nobles and to George Coper my 
grandchild twenty nobles ; and all these my grandchildren to be paid when 
they shall come to the age of twenty one years. I give to Thomas Gatte3 
the younger, my godson, forty shillings at one and twenty. To my cousin 
Thomas Gattes a black cloak. To Mary Bowes, Alles Upsher, my old 
servant forty shillings. The poor of Hadley and of Boxford. My son 
John to be residuary legatee and sole executor. And I do nominate and 
entreat my tvv o loving friends and cousins Mr. Robert Stansby, parson of 
Westrop, and Mr. John Browing, parson of Semer, to be supervisors. 
Witnesses Richard Tilson, Thomas Gattes. Goare, 150. 

John Whiteing of Hadleigh, Suffolk, mercer, 16 January 1643, proved 
30 January 1644. To wife Judith all my household stuff and fifty pounds 
in money upon condition that she shall give a full release of the thirds of 
my lands to my two supervisors to the use of my children. I give her my 
house at Hadleigh wherein I dwell and all my lands and my mill in Lang- 
ham and Raydon to have and enjoy only the time she shall continue my 
widow. I have discharged my wife's former estate of those legacies which 
it was engaged for. My desire is my two sons Thomas and John Whiteing 
should be brought up with their mother so long as she remain my widow ; 
but if she happen to marry my mind is that my son Thomas should be 
brought up by his grandmother Whiteiug, or placed with one to bring up 
by her appointment, and my son John, my desire is, that his grandmother 
Harrison should bring up or place. I give to Thomas my son all those 
lands and tenements, copy and free, in Nawten Nedging now in possession 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 127 

of my mother Whiteing for term of her life (and after her decease be- 
queathed to myself by my father's last will). To Thomas my house at 
Hadleigh (all these at twenty two) and all my interest in the house called 
the Saruson's Head or else a hundred pounds which I lent my brother 
Payne of New England upon it, my son to have it at twenty two. To 
John my son all my lands and mill in Langham and Raydon (at twenty 
two). Eight hundred pounds to Thomas at four and twenty and five hun- 
dred pounds to John (at same age). To my loving mother Whiteing twenty 
pounds. To my mother ten pounds. Poor of Hadleigh. Wife Judeth to 
be sole executrix and my brother Henry Whiteing and my cousin Thomas 
Gates to be supervisors. Mr. Richardson and Richard Tilson of Hadleigh. 
Wit. William Richardson and Nath. Gale. Rivers, 31. 

[Brother Payne is Robert Paine, a younger brother of William, one of the 
foremost business men in the Bay colony. Both were citizens of Ipswich, where 
Robert was ruling elder in the church, and feoffee of the Grammar school. They 
were sons of William Paine, of Nowton, in Suffolk. The late Henry W. Paine, 
LL.D., the eminent Boston lawyer, derived descent from this family. 

Geo. A. Gordon.] 

John Prockter citizen and weaver of London, 11 November 1648, 
proved 5 March 1648. If Elizabeth, my dear and loving wife, shall within 
fourteen days next after my decease release and discharge to Henry Prock- 
ter citizen and weaver of London (father of me the said John Prockter) all 
that estate and jointure made unto my said wife by my said father, in and 
by a certain Indenture bearing date 20 December 1645, made between the 
said Henry Prockter on the one party and Edmund Staunton of Kingstone 
upon Thames, Surrey, Doctor in Divinity, on the other party, then I do 
give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth all my goods &c. in my house in 
Cheapeside, London, and the one half of all my goods &c. whatsoever. The 
other moiety to be divided into three parts, of which one third to my son 
John another third to my son Henry and the other third I give as follow- 
eth ; that is to say to my mother Jone Prockter three pounds (to buy her a 
ring) to my three sisters Sarah, Mary and Hannah Prockter each of them 
forty shillings (for rings) to my aunt Mary Pigeon five pounds, to my uncle 
Thomas Prockter five pounds and the residue of this third part of the 
moiety of ray estate I give to my said son Henry. To wife Elizabeth 
the twenty pounds now in the hands of her uncle Robert Staunton Esq. and 
given to her by her late grandfather deceased. Fairfax, 29. 

Henry Prockter, gen 1 , of Kensington, Middlesex, 27 September 1650, 
proved 17 October 1650. My daughter in law Elizabeth the wife of my 
late son John Prockter. Four houses in Coleman Street, London. My 
wife Joane. My daughter Hannah Prockter. Seven houses in or near 
Coleman Street. The house I now live in, in Kensington. My daughter 
Sarah Prockter. My grandchild Henry Prockter. My sister Mary Pigeon. 
My lease of ground in Wapping, parish of Stepney. My sister's son Thomas 
Piggeon. Seven acres in Kensington I lately bought of George Harrison. 
My brother Thomas Prockter. Francis Prockter my present servant. My 
cousin Elizabeth Barnes and her four children. My grandchild John Prock- 
ter. My sister Frances Willson. Ten pounds to the parish of Kensington 
towards the buiiding of a free school if begun within eighteen months after 
my decease. Capt. John Stone, Mr. William Mountague, Mr. John Up- 
cher and William Viner to be overseers. Wife Joane executrix. Daugh- 
ter Mary Backster. 

John Stone one of the witnesses. Pembroke, 158. 

128 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

Sarah Proctor, daughter of Henry Proctor late of Kensington, Mid- 
dlesex, gentleman, 17 January 1653, declared and published 14 August 
1654, proved 25 October 1654. To my mother Johanna Proctor fifty 
pounds for a legacy and the ten pounds which I paid towards the building 
of two new chambers in the house at Kensington and five pounds for 
mourning. To my sister Hannah Tompson forty pounds and my chest of 
drawers and one gold ring and five pounds for mourning. John Proctor 
and Henry Proctor. My uncle Thomas Proctor and his nine children. 
My aunt Mary Pigeon. Thomas Pigeon. My cousin Elizabeth Barnes. 
My cousin Elizabeth Birdseye. My uncle Henry Whiting. My uncle 
Samuel Slator. John Upcher and his wife and two children John and 
Samuel Upcher. Thomas Hodges minister of Kensington. Patience Chap- 
man and her two daughters Hannah and Grace. I give unto Margaret 
Cheevers widow ten pounds. To the poor of the church which my uncle 
Slator is pastor of ten pounds. My brother Fr. Tompson. My brother 
Jeremy Proctor to be executor and Francis Tompson and John Upcher 

Wit. John Upcher, Peaceabl Power. Alchin, 9. 

Johanna Proctor of London, Widow, 23 April 1658, proved 3 April 
1661. My grandchild Henry Procter at one and twenty. The children 
of my daughter in law Hannah Thompson. Samuel and Francis the two 
sons of my son in law Francis Thompson and of my said daughter in law 
Hannah Thompson, his wife, at their ages of one and twenty years. My 
sister Pigeon and my cousin Thomas Pigeon. My brother Thomas Proc- 
ter and my cousin Frances his daughter. My sister Pigeon's daughter's 
five children which she now hath. My grandchild John Procter. The 
four daughters of Mrs. Patience Chapman widow, deceased. Mrs. Isabella 
Simpson, widow. Mrs. Martha Davis, widow, and her four daughters. 
Mr. Manning and his wife. My brother Slater minister at Katherine's 
near the Tower. Mr. Kentish also minister there. Mr. Philip Nye the 
elder and Mr. John Loder. I give unto Mrs. Chevers and her daughter 
Hannah twenty pounds. Mrs. Gabeli. Mrs. Knight, widow. Mr. Rich- 
ard Legate. The poor of Kensington, Middlesex, for the buying of coals 
to be distributed amongst the poor there. Mrs. Hodges wife of Mr. 
Hodges, minister of Kensington. Mrs. Steele the wife of Mr. Lawrance 
Steele of Kensington. My cousin Richardson. My brother Whitinge. 
My sister Lawrance. Mrs. Birdsey. Mrs. Sweet, late of Kensington, 
widow, and her daughter Hannah Sweet. Mr. Ragnor (Raynor?) minister 
of Egham. Surrey. The son of Mrs. Archer, widow. I give unto Captain 
John Stone forty pounds and to Mrs. Mary Stone his wife my best diamond 
ring and my bible with silver clasps. 1 give unto Mrs. Mary Stone the 
daughter of the said Captain Stone my ring with a great stone in it and my 
little cabinet. I give unto my son in law Mr. Jeremiah Backster forty 
pounds, viz fc twenty pounds to be paid him by my son Francis Thompson 
and Mr. John Upcher out of the rents &c. of my houses in Wapping and 
twenty pounds out of my other estate. My grandchildren Charles and 
Elizabeth Zinzon. To Mrs. Slater living in Crutched Fryers, London, the 
wife of the brother of my said brother Slater, five pounds. To the poor 
of the church whereof the said Mr. Nye is teacher and the said Mr. Loder 
pastor, whereof I am a member, and not to the poor of the parish where 
they preach, twenty pounds. The poor of St. Ollave's Southwark. The 
poor of St. Katherine's near the Tower and the poor of the particular 

1890.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 129 

church or congregation whereof my said brother Slater is pastor. Mr. 
George Cooper a scholar of the University of Oxford. The poor of St. 
Stephen's Colman Street. My body to be buried in Bartholomew's near 
the Exchange, London, or at Kensington. I do make and ordain the said 
Captain John Stone sole executor and my said son in law Jeremiah Bax- 
ter, Mr. Francis Thompson and the said Mr. John Upcher overseers. 

May, 60. 

Henry Whiting of Ipswich, Suffolk, gen fc , 22 March 1685, with a codi- 
cil bearing date 13 March 1686, proved 11 May 1687. To my daughter 
Mrs. Mary Blomfield three hundred pounds, to be secured for her sole and 
separate use and dispose. To my grandson Henry Blomfield one hundred 
pounds. To my son Peyton Ventris Esq. and to my daughter Margaret 
his wife my manors of Waylands and of Ipswich Atwards als St. Peters 
and all that messuage, with the garden, orchard and appurtenances, now in 
the occupation of the said Peyton Ventris, and all other manors, messuages, 
lands &c. that I lately purchased and were formerly the estate of Edward 
Mann Esq. deceased. I give to the said Peyton Ventris my messuage and 
lands in Wen ham Parva, Suffolk, now in the occupation of John Gentry. 
Provision made for Henry Parsons and my daughter Christian his wife and 
the daughter of the said Henry which he now hath by the said Christian. 
My three daughters Mary, Margaret and Judith. I give to Judith my 
messuage, lands, &c, both freehold and copyhold, in Bromford, Suffolk. I 
give to my sister in law Mrs. Lawrence ten pounds. I give to Mrs. Thomp- 
son the wife of Francis Thompson, merchant, ten pounds. I give to George 
Cooper, clerk, ten pounds and to my cousin Robert Paine ten pounds and 
to the son of my nephew Thomas Whiting deceased ten pounds, to buy 
each of my aforesaid cousins pieces of plate in remembrance of me. I give 
to Mr. Raymer (or Raynier) minister of St. Lawrence Parish three pounds 
and to the poor of the parish five pounds. My cousin Lawrence Stisted. 
I give my house wherein I dwell at Ipswich and my shipping, plate, house- 
hold stuff, moneys and the rest and residue of my estate to be equally divided 
among my three daughters (as above). I do require all my daughters and 
their respective husbands and their heirs to convey and release all their 
light in the houses and tenements in Coggeshall, Essex, to such persons as 
shall be interested in the same under a sale I formerly made of them. I 
make and appoint my son Peyton Vendris executor. 

Among the witnesses were George Raymond and Mathew Harrison. 

Foot, 70. 

Nicholas Stanton of Ipswich, Suffolk, clerk, 9 November 1648, 
proved 14 February 1649. I will and bequeath to my executors all that 
land &c. which I lately purchased of Henry Stanton of Fritton, lying in 
the same town in the County of Norfolk, containing about thirty acres, to 
be by them sold for the payment of my debts and legacies, within one year 
after my decease, in the church porch of Stratton Mihills (Michaels) in the 
Co. of Norfolk, to such of those persons that live and have their abode in 
the said County, viz r to my kinsman William Sabbourne twenty pounds, 
part of it a debt due from my father to him and part of it promised by my 
father to him as a gift and legacy from him, to my sister Margaret Stanton 
fifty pounds, being that portion of money which my father intended for her 
if his estate would reach it, to Mary my wife twenty pounds which I had 
of her, which she intended for the use and behoof of George Cooper her 

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130 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

son. I give to the poor of Margaret's parish, Ipswich, ten pouuds, five 
pounds of it to be laid out in bibles for distribution and five pounds in 
money. The poor of Stratton Mihills. To the Library in Ipswich five 
pounds. To my mother in law Elizabeth Stanton, now living in Hemp- 
nail, Norfolk, ten pounds. To my mother in law Whiteing, to Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Stebbing of Brandeston and to Mr. Thomas Waterhouse, living there 
also, forty shillings apiece. To my kinsman William Sabborne ten pounds. 
To my cousin Stanton's son of Fritton forty shillings. To Daniel Ray the 
son of Daniel Ray of Ipswich forty shillings. To my aunt Cooper, living 
in Hingham in Norfolk, forty shillings. To Joseph Moyse or his wife, 
living in New England, forty shillings. To my kinswoman Judith Smith 
the late wife of Henry Smith, living in New England, ten pounds. To her 
five children Judith, John, Elizabeth, Henry and Daniel, forty shillings 
apiece. To Mary my wife twenty pounds to be according to her discretion 
laid out or distributed for the good of the Plantation of New England in 
the general or to such particular persons living there as she think fit. To 
my brother Robert Stanton, living in Norwich, or the heir male of his 
body, forty pounds. To my brother Samuel Stanton ten pounds. To my 
brother Henry Stanton thirty pounds. These brothers to release all their 
title in the lands in Fritton bequeathed to my executors. Mr. Christopher 
Vyn of Stratton Michills. To Henry Stanton my youngest brother all my 
houses and tenements, with all my free and copyhold lands in Stratton 
Peters and Stratton Michaells, Norfolk, upon condition that he pay the fol- 
lowing gifts and legacies; to my sister Elizabeth, to my sister Judith, to my 
brother Robert, to my brother Samuel, to my sister Frances (sundry speci- 
fied gifts). And the said Henry shall pay to Nicholas Stanton, eldest son 
of my brother Robert, thirty pounds, at his age of one and twenty years, 
and to the other two children of the said Robert twenty pounds apiece, at 
their ages of one and twenty. The children of my sister Judith. To 
George Cooper, my wife's son, all my printed books, when he shall accom- 
plish the age of one and twenty. In the mean time I commit them into the 
hands of Mary my wife. 

Wit: Matthew Lawrence, Ben Wade. Pembroke, 31. 

An abstract of this will was printed in Emmerton & Waters's* Gleanings, pages 
117 and 118. We copy from that book the following annotation : 

" The mention made by this testator of his mother-in-law Whiteing identifies 
him as the Nicholas Stanton who is shewn in the Candler Mss. to have mar- 
ried Mary, one of three daughters of John Whiting of Hadleigh, Co. Suffolk, and 
sister of Ann, who, with her husband, came to New England and settled in 
Ipswich. It also enables us to suggest a probable misreading on the part of 
that eminent antiquary, M r Joseph Hunter, or else a misprint in his article on 
Suffolk Emigrants in Mass. Hist. Coll., Third Series, Vol. X., p. 171 ; for it will 
be noticed that Mr. Stanton in his will mentions his wife Mary's son George 
Cooper, while according to M r Hunter's paper Mrs. Stanton's first husband was 
a George Compe. Her brother Henry Whiting is said to have been Portman of 
Ipswich. It will be recalled that John Sparhawke of Great Coggeshall in his 
will (q. v.) speaks of his cousin Whiting of Ipswich. According to Candler (N. 
E. Hist. Gen. Reg., IV., 180), Henry Whiting, Portman of Ipswich, married 
Mary daughter of Robert Crane of " Coxhall" by wife Mary daughter of Samuel 
Sparhawke of Dedham. 

The M r Thomas Waterhouse, mentioned, had been educated at the Charter 
House, London, and afterwards at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was a school- 
master at Dorchester (Mass.), 1639 : by wife Ann daughter of John Mayhew of 
Codclenham, Co. Suffolk, had a daughter Ann born here, bapt. 7 March, 1641, 
returned to England, became master of the Grammar School at Colchester, re- 
maining there until the close of 1647. He must next, as the will shows, have been 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 131 

at Brandeston, Co. Suffolk, but ultimately settled at Ash Booking, five or six 
miles from Brandeston and within a mile or two of Coddenham. He was ejected 
by the Act of Uniformity 1662 and died at Creting 1679 or 1680 at the age of 
almost eighty. The well-known Salem family of Rea or Eay are descended 
from a Daniel Ray who was of Plymouth 1631 and removed to Salem. His son 
Joshua married Sarah Waters {not a daughter of Richard, as Savage suggests). 
Bethia Ray a sister of Joshua became the wife of the famous Capt. Thomas 

Joseph Moyse was of Salisbury, N. E., where his wife Hannah died 1655. 
Henry Smith was entered as a passenger for New England in the Diligent, 1638, 
with his wife, three sons and two daughters (without naming either wife or 
children). The will supplies the deficiency. Mr. Smith was a freeman 1639, 
representative 1641, removed to Rehoboth 1643 and died there 1649. His will 
dated 3 Nov., 1647 (Inventory taken 21-10mo -1649), mentions sons Henry and 
Daniel, daughter Judith and brother Thomas Cooper, and appointed his wife 
executrix. The witnesses were Stephen Paine, Thomas Cooper and Joseph 
Peck. The will of his widow, Mrs. Judith Smith, was dated 24 Oct., 1650, and 
named son Henry, daughter Judith, son and daughter Hunt, son John's three 
children, son Daniel and the three children of her son Hunt. The witnesses 
were John Pecke and Magdalen Smith. These two wills seem to account for 
all the five children named by their kinsman Stanton and brought over in the 
Diligent; for John Smith had married and got three children, and Elizabeth 
was probably the wife of a (Peter?) Hunt; Henry Smith, jr., also married and 
had issue ; while Daniel became a very important citizen, filling the offices of 
repesentative 1672, Assistant 1679, and Councillor in the government of New 
England under Sir Edmund Andros, 1687. He married 20 Oct., 1659, Esther 
daughter of Francis Chickering. Thomas Cooper, of Rehoboth, witness to the 
will of Henry Smith and appraiser of the estate of the widow Smith, came over 
also in the Diligent 1638 from Old Hingham, and was doubtless a relative of 
Mrs. Stanton's former husband and of the ' aunt Cooper ' spoken of by M r Stan- 
ton as living in Hingham." 

[The names Nicholas and Henry do not appear in the nomenclature of the 
early New England Stantons. There was a Robert Stanton, from Dorchester, 
a soldier in the King Philip war. Another Robert Stanton is on record at New- 
port, R. I., as a Quaker, from whom descended Edwin M. Stanton, U. S. Secre- 
tary of War, 1863-8. Thomas Stanton, of Connecticut, the famous Indian 
interpreter, named his youngest sons, Robert and Samuel. 

Joseph Moyse's name occurs among the 1639 settlers at Salisbury. 

" Henry Smith, living in New England," is the well known Henry of Dedham, 
where he was Freeman 1639 and representative 1641. An abstract of his will 
and of his widow's, Judith, may be found in the Register, vol. iv., pp. 318-20. 
His son, Henry jr., dwelt at Rehoboth, was representative 1662, '67 and '68, 
and died 1676. His son, Daniel, was also of Rehoboth, where he was an in- 
fluential citizen, representative 1672-8, Assistant 1672, and a member of the 
Council, 1687, under Gov. Andros. Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of the Medical 
department of Dartmouth College and professor at Yale and Bowdoin, was a 
descendant of this family. — Geo. A. Gordon.] 

Matthew Lawrence of Ipswich, Suffolk, clerk, 19 February, 1651, 
proved 20 May, 1652. To my two daughters Elizabeth and Margaret 
Lawrence my house in Grantham &c. which my father-in-law Mr. William 
Wickliffe did purchase of Mrs. Peregrine Buck and did give and bequeath 
unto my late wife (his daughter) and to her heirs forever. Tomy said 
daughters two hundred and fifty pounds apiece, to be paid to my friend Mr. 
Francis Bacon of Ipswich for their benefit. To wife Judith my houses 
and lands in Westleton, Suffolk, which I lately purchased of Mr. John 
Barker of Ipswich, to enjoy for and during her natural life and then to my 
two daughters Judith and Mary Lawrence and to the heirs of their bodies 
lawfully begotten, failing which to my brother Charles Lawrence of Over- 
standon in Bedfordshire and to his heirs forever. Wife Judith to be sole 
executrix. Lawrence Sandon and his brother and sisters. My brother 


Genealogical Gleanings in England, 


Bedford. My two sisters. My cousins Maurice Berry and his wife. Six 
daughters of my sister Berry. John Whiting my wife's son. Robert How. 
Thomas Whitinge. To the Library of Ipswich two pounds. My cousin 
Stansby. Elizabeth Lawrence my brother's daughter. Robert Stansby 
one of the witnesses. A debt due from cousin Gates. Bowyer, 118. 

[In Harleian MS. 6071, British Museum (the well-known Candler MS.), fo. 
196 (fo. 383 originally), is a pedigree of Whiting which I give below, with 
such additions as I am warranted in making by the preceding wills and from 
the wills of Joseph and Margaret Waite given in my Gleanings for July, 1892 
(Reg. Vol. 46, pp. 318-319).— Henry F. Waters.] 

WHITING of Boxford=- 

Hemy, s.p. 

John Whiting of Hadleigh— Rose, dau. of 

(Will 1637.) William Fisher 

of Buers. 

John Whiting=Judith, dau. of John=Robert Howe 

of Hadleigh. 
(Will, 1644-5.) 

Harrison of Sudbury, 

Matthew Lawrence 

town preacher of 


3d husband. 

of Sudbury. 

Henry Whiting== 
Portman of 
(Will, 1687.) 




Robert Howe. 

nas=. . . 

. John. 



a son. 


Margaret Lawrence=Joseph Waite of 
(Will, 1675.) Sproughton, 

SufT., Clerk. 
(Will, 1671.) 

prob. other issue. 

Mary= Blomfield. 

Henry Blomfield. 



Margaret. Christian. Elizabeth. Judith. 

Peyton Ven- 
tris, Esq. 


David Wood=Rose Whiting=Henry Proctor. Anne=Robert Payne. 

a citizen 
of London. 
1st husband 

2d husband. (Will, 1650.) 


second wife. 
(Will, 1661.) 

They went into 
New England. 



Hannah Proctor=Francis Tompson. 

Mary, married first, 
George Cowper : 
second, Nicholas 
Stanton, clerk; 
(Will, 1649-50.) 
third, Samuel Slater, 
clerk. By first hus- 
band she had a son, 
George Cowper or Cooper. 

Samuel thcmpson. Francis Thompson. 

William Littlebury of Dedham, Essex, 20 July 1571, proved 26 
January 1575. To be buried in the aisle within Dedham Church "whereas" 
I have used commonly to sit. To wife Bridget, for term of her life, my 
now dwelling house in Dedham and all other my messuages, lands &c. in 
Dedham aforesaid and in Stratford, Suffolk. Messuages and lands in Arde- 
ley, Essex. A messuage in Much Bromley, Essex, called Morant's, now 
in the tenure and occupation of John Stone. To cousin Edward Little- 
bury (of Gray's Inn) son of Humfrey Littlebury of Hagwordingham in 
Lincolnshire lately deceased the manor of Netherhall in Bradfeild, Wrab- 
nes, Misley and Maningtree, Essex ; but if the said Edward die without 
issue of his body lawfully begotten I bequeath my manor of Nethershall in 
Bradfield, and my houses and lands before given to wife Bridget, unto 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 133 

Thomas Appleton of Little Waldingfleld, Suffolk, gentleman, and to the 
use of the said Thomas, my late wife's brother, and to the heirs of his body 
lawfully begotten forever. I give my messuage called Ragmershe &c. in 
Bradfield and Wrabnes, Essex, to Edward Waldegrave of Lawford, Essex, 
esq. and to Edward Waldgrave his son and heir and to Robert Gurdon of 
Asson, Suffolk, Esq. and to John Gurdon his son and to William Carnall 
of Much Bromley, Essex, P^sq., to William Butter of Dedham clothier and 
Peirs Butter his son, to Rafe Starlinge, Robert Starlinge and Richard 
Starlinge his son, John Browne the elder and John Brown his son, Michael 
Upcher and Richard Upcher his son, Henry Shereman the elder and Henry 
Sherman the younger, with Edmond Sherman his brother, to Lewys Spar- 
hawke and Nathaniel Sparhawke his son, to John Upcher, Robert Buskyn, 
John Wood and Richard Wood his son of Dedham, to them and their heirs 
for ever as ffeoffees in trust, as by a deed dated .... 1571 more at 
large may appear, to the use of this my last will. Whereas the Township 
of Dedham hath a fair school house builded, with a house joined to the 
same meet for a schoolmaster to dwell in, given by one Dame Jone Clarke 
to that use, and no living pertaining — (then follow certain provisions for 
the yearly stipend of the schoolmaster — for poor children of Dedham, Ard- 
ley, Much Bromley and Bradfield in Essex and Stratford in Suffolk). 
Provisions for poor in alms houses. Provision for poor young men to be 
brought up in the science of cloth making to be assisted therein by loans. 
Ten pounds to be put into the church hutch of Dedham, called God's Chest, 
for the sustentation, relief and help of the blind, sick and lame of Dedham 
or of such strangers as by chance may happen to fall sick in the said town, 
going by the way and being poor. Reference to will of Robert Legate 
late of Ipswich, my late predecessor. Elizabeth Habberden my second wife's 
niece, at marriage or age of three and twenty. John Habberden her broth- 
er and my second wife's nephew. Jone Lufkyn sometime my maid now 
wife to William Lufkyn vicar of Boxsted in Essex. William Lufkyn my 
godson, son to Thomas Lufkyn of Boxford in Suffolk. His eldest brother 
Thomas Lufkyn who was brought up with me. Jone Lufkyn wife of 
Thomas Lufkyn of Boxford. The children of Humfrey Hill and Jone his 
wife late dwelling in Ardley, now deceased, viz. Thomas, Stephen, Fran- 
ces, Anne, Margaret and Grace Hills. To Mary Appleton daughter to my 
brother Thomas Appleton of Little Waldingfield in Suffolk, gentleman, 
fifty pounds at day of marriage or age of eighteen. To Mrs. Margery 
Waldegrave the daughter of Edward Waldgrave of Lawford, Essex, fifty 
pounds at eighteen or day of marriage. Pyckering, 52. 

William Colman of Thorington Essex, gen*, 29 July 1586, proved 18 
November 1586. The poor of Thorington and every poor widow there. 
To wife Anne one annuity or yearly rent of ten pounds to be taken out of 
my farm of Thorington Hall and lands belonging, for the term of twelve 
years if she so long live. To said wife one hundred pounds, accompting 
the twenty pounds I lent her in her widowhood parcel thereof. If wife be 
with child &c. My brother in law Richard Symnell shall have the custody 
&c. of my daughters Jane, Elizabeth, Martha and Joane untill they shall 
accomplish the full age of eighteen years. My brother Edward Col man. 
To daughter Jane her mother's marrying ring. My sister in law Jane 
Simnell. My cousin John Colman at twenty one. My brother in law 
Thomas Symnell. My servant Anne Lane. Nurse Lawrence. My ser- 
vant Henry Cooke. My servant Rand. My sister in law Martha Saffold. 

VOL. L. 12* 

134 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

To my sister Taylecote thirteen shillings four pence to make her a ring 
and to her daughter Jane Lambert a French crown. To my sister Rachell, 
my wife's sister, ten shillings. Mr. Forbere. To Smithe (?) the u shepe 
milker " three loads of brush to be delivered at his house before the Feast 
of St. Michael next ensuing. My brother in law Lawrence Symnell. To 
John Cole four loads of brush. To Greeneleafe two loads of brush. Wil- 
liam Day at age of twenty. The Master and Fellows of St. John's Col- 
lege, Cambridge, praying them to be good to my children, to grant Licence to 
my executor to let my farm to the most profit for my children. My brother 
in law Mr. Richard Symnell to be sole executor. Windsor, 63. 

William Hills of London pewterer, 7 October 1603, proved 18 Octo- 
ber 1603. Son William. Daughters Anne, Sara and Judith Hills. Hum- 
frey Lambert and his wife Hellen Lambert. Their children, William, 
Barbara and Sara Lambert. William Marshall and his wife. Robert 
Marshall and his wife. Thomas Marshall and his wife. Samuel Marshall. 
My brother James Hicks. John Tailcoate and Robert Tailcoat. Thomas 
Young. Thomas Skoophulme. John Hatche. Thomas Rowley. Alex- 
ander Waters. Katherine Hills. John Dickons. William Fells. Alice 
White the elder. To my son William Hills my seal ring. The Company 
of the Pewterers. My wife Parnell to be sole executrix. Anne Baylye 
the wife of Edward Bayllye. Bolein, 78. 

John Tailecot of Brainctrie, Essex, pewterer, A. D. 1604, proved 24 
January 1604. The poor of Brainctrye. To wife Anne, for life, my mes- 
suage wherein I now dwell &c, in Branctry; and, after her decease I give 
the same to John Tailcot, my son, and the heirs of his body lawfully to be 
begotten, remainder to my right and next heir. I give to wife Anne my 
tenement in Brainctrie now in the tenure or occupation of one Barnabie 
Boltell (Boutell?), taylor, to her and to her assigns for twenty years, and 
then to my daughter Rachel Tailcot &c, remainder to son John Taylcot, 
and lastly to my right heirs. To my son John Taylcot and to my daugh- 
ters Anne, Mary, Grace and Sara Tailecot forty pounds apiece, at several 
ages of one and twenty. To son John (among other things) my book of 
Martyrs and my book intituled by the name of Mr. Rogers' book. My 
maid-servant Elizabeth Ingram. My apprentices William Muilinges and 
Thomas Clarke to serve with my wife after my decease. My wife Anne 
to be executrix and to enter her own bond in the sum of three hundred 
pounds to my father in law William Skynner and Robert Tailcot for the 
performance of my legacies &c. ; and, if she marry again, to enter into suf- 
ficient bond, before such marriage, in four hundred pounds, with one suffi- 
cient surety, to my said father in law William Skynner and Robert Tail- 
cot, my brother, truly to perform all the legacies, &c. 

Wit : Marke Mott, Erasmus Sparhawke and James Sperhawke. 
Proved (as above) by the oath of Moses Wall, husband of Anne, relict 
of the said deceased. Hayes, 6. 

[The above will of John Talcott, of Braintree, in Essex, is given in the Talcott 
Pedigree, Albany, 1876, page 15, and also the will of his father John Talcott, of 
Colchester, dated in 1606. The latter mentions his grandson John Talcott, 
son of his son John Talcott, late of Braintree, and also his sons Robert and 

This last John, a minor in 1606, came to New England in the "Zicm," with 
others of Mr. Hooker's company, in 1632, settled in Cambridge, deputy to the 


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Massachusetts General Court, 1634, 1635, and March 1G36; removed to Hartford 
in 1636, where he was one of the Committee who, for the first time, sat with 
the Court of Magistrates in 1637, afterwards Deputy and Magistrate, Treasurer 
of the Colony, 1654-1660, and Commissioner of the United Colonies; died 
in Hartford, March, 1660. He married Dorothy, daughter of Mark Mott, of 
Braintree. The chart appended may be found in the Harleian MSS., 1137, p. 
148, containing the Herald's Visitation of Essex, 1634, with the Coat of Arms, 
granted in 1558, "Argent, on a pale sable, three roses of the field. Crest.— 
A demi-griffin, Argent wings, endorsed, collared sable." The family of John, 
of Braintree, has been added, and a few items from other sources, and this 
is the chart as it is printed in the Talcott Pedigree. But it will be seen that 
the wills confirm the chart. In the Talcott Papers, Vol. I, 276, 296, published 
by the Conn. Historical Society, Gov. Joseph Talcott makes mention of sending 
a letter to Mr. Thomas Talcott, in Warwick Lane, London, in 1732, very pos- 
sibly a son or grandson of the Thomas Talcott who died in 1686. 

M. K. Talcott.] 






1st wife 
Daughter of= 


2d wife 
:John Talcott=Marie, Daughter of 
died 1606. Pullen. 

Thomas Talcott=Margaret, 
Rector of the dau. 
Churches of of Jeremy 
St. Mary and Bigg of 
Mile End in Sunolk. 

Colchester, and 

Chaplain to the 
Earl Marshal. 










John Talcott 

of Madrid 

in Spain, 

alive in 




died single in 
Seville, Spain. 



John Talcott=Anne, dau. 

of Braintree. 
died 1604. 

of William 

Robert Talcott=Joanna, Daughter Daughter 
of Colchester, I ofJohnDrane m. 

Alderman and of Branford, Barnard. 

Justice of the Co. Suffolk. 

John Talcott, 
a minor in 1604. 
Hartford, 1636. 



Anne. Mary. Grace. Sarah. 



both died 



Thomas Talcott; 
of Horkesley in 
Essex, son and 

heir apparent, 

living in 1664. 

dau. of 
John Bull 
of Horkes- 
ley Priory. 

Robert Talcott=Mary, 

m. in Arts. 

dau. of 

Robert Talcott. 

Robert Talcott. 

Thomas Talcott, 

Son and Heir, set. 

31 years in 1654, 

Alderman, died 

Feb. 22, 1685-6. 

Buried in South aisle 

of Holy Trinity Church, Colchester. 

(twin with 



of Hockley 
on the Hill, 

Co. Essex. 

John Langley 
of Colchester, 

Cantain of 
the Trainband 
& Alderman. 


b. after 1634, 
wife of Robert 
Wyles of 

Richard Symnell of Colchester, Essex, gentleman and one of the alder- 
men of the same town, 9 December 1607, proved 22 July 1608. To be 
buried near first wife Jane. The poor of the several parishes of the town. 

136 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [Jan. 

S fc John's College, Cambridge. The free or common Grammar School in 
Colchester to enjoy a scholarship there, my kindred to be preferred. To 
the Bailiffs and Commonalty of the town and their successors two bowls, 
double gilt, of the value of ten pounds, to be made of the best fashion, with 
my name to be set upon them, to be used at their feasts and meetings in 
the moot-hall. To my sister Emme Clarke, widow, my tenement &c. 
wherein she dwelleth, in the parish of All Saints, and twelve pounds yearly 
for life. My sister Johane Waford. My wife Elizabeth. I bound unto 
Eliazer Dunkon of Ipswich, Suffolk, Ph. D. for the payment of four hun- 
dred pounds to my said wife within six months after my decease. To my 
brother Thomas Symnell my messuage &c. wherein I dwell, in the parish 
of All Saints. My nephew Lawrence Symnell. Johan, Alice and Jane 
Symnell, the daughters of my late brother Lawrence Symnell, at twenty or 
days of marriage. The corner house in the parish of St. Nicholas, at the 
corner of Wyer Street, over against the church of St. Nicholas, now in the 
tenure of Francis Clayse. My niece Elizabeth Keltridge. My nephew 
Mr. Sydney. My cousin Mr. William Denman and my niece Thomazine 
his wife. My niece Mary Loue (or Lone). Her late husband John Lone 
(or Loue). My cousin Edward Lambard. My niece Jane Lam bard, his 
wife. To my niece (s ?) Jane Hindes, Elizabeth Fowler, Martha Cutler, 
Johan Cutbard and Jane Mathew, to every of them ten pounds, and to 
every of their husbands twenty shillings (for rings). Elizabeth Furlye the 
wife of Peter Furly. To my nephew Richard Clarke, my nephew John 
Clarke and my nephew William Taylecot ten pounds apiece. My brother 
Thomas Symnell's wife and son Richard. My cousin Robert Legg. My 
brother Thomas to be executor and my nephews Mr. Sydney Keltrich, 
Thomas Hyndes and Samuel Cutler to be overseers. 

Admon. de bonis non granted 27 November 1620 to Thomas Penning- 
ton, a creditor, the executor, Thomas Symnell, having died &c. 

Windebanck, 71. 

John Marshall of Chelmsford, Essex, woollen draper, 25 August 1604, 
proved 18 February 1608. The poor of Chelmsford and of Moulsham. 
My son Thomas. My house or Inn in Chelmsford, called 'the Dolphyn, 
wherein Edward Bigland my father in law dwelleth. Sons Thomas, John 
and Richard at twenty two. Daughters Ann, Elizabeth and Margaret 
Marshall at one and twenty. My mother Margaret Bigland and my sister 
Margaret Hamper. Every one of my brothers. My sister Joane. To 
wife Elizabeth my messuage in Much Baddowe, which I lately bought 
of the heirs of John Sturgeon, for term of her natural life; and after her 
decease I bequeath the same to my son John. To son Thomas my house 
in Chelmsford called the Dolphyn, to enter upon it after the decease of my 
mother Margaret Bigland. To him also my messuage in Cookesniill Green 
in Roxwell, Essex (and other land there), two crofts (of which) I pur- 
chased of Robert Ellyott. To sou John my double stall in Chelmsford. 
To son Richard my messuage in Woodham Mortimer. The residue to wife 
Elizabeth whom I make executrix. If she refuse then I make my brother 
Mr. Edward Bigland and my brother in law John Hamper executors. 

Dorset, 21. 

Charles Bigland of Chelmsford Essex, 20 July 1624, proved 25 Janu- 
ary 1624. Wife Grace to have all the rents &c. out of the copyhold lands 
in Chelmsford, which I lately purchased of the widow Browne of Moul- 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 137 

sham, during the minority of my son Charles. Lands lately purchased of 
Mr. Theophilus Wiseman. My daughters Margaret and Grace Bigland at 
eighteen or days of marriage. My messuage or tenement in Moulsham 
which I lately purchased of my brother William Neale. My daughter 
Mary at eighteen or day of marriage. My son Nathaniel at two and twenty. 
Legacies to my children by the last will of Robert Robinson late of Spring- 
field deceased. To my father Mr. Edward Bigland and my brothers Ed- 
ward and Ezekias Bigland. My sisters Jane the .wife of John Mortimer 
and Margaret the wife of John Hamper. My sister Mary Seaman, widow, 
and John and Elizabeth Seaman, her children. Rachell Clarke widow, 
sometime the wife of my brother John Bigland deceased. Good friend the 
Lady Mildmay. Mary the daughter of Alice Higham of Chelmsford. 
Others. Thomas Joslin. Jane the wife of Ambrose Aylet. Sara the 
wife of my cousin John Marshall. My cousin Robert Reynolds and the 
wife of my cousin Samuel Clarke of Colchester. Mr. Burre of Bromfield 
clerk. Henry and Edward Bigland sous of my brother Edward. Grace 
and William Sturton. The wife of Samuel Thrasher. Wife to be sole 
executrix. Clarke, 7. 

John Marshall of Chelmsford, Essex, woollen draper, 3 October 1625, 
proved 5 January 1625. The poor of Chelmsford and of Moulsham. To 
Mr. Hooker, by whose pains in the preaching of the Gospel I have received 
much spiritual comfort, forty shillings, to be paid upon the day of my 
funeral, whom also I desire to preach at my funeral. My daughter Sara 
Marshall at twenty. If Sara_my wife shall be with child &c. My brother 
Richard. My brothers in law Samuel Clarke and Robert Reynolds. My 
father in law Thomas Dutchfield, my mother Elizabeth Dutchfield and my 
mother in law Joan Coo. My uncle William Neale. My aunt Bigland. 
My aunt Neale. My sisters in law Joan Strutt, widow, Mary Higham, 
Hanna Coo and Ede Coo. My brothers in law Isaac Coo and George Coo 
the younger. Matthew Bridges and John Seely. My servant Henry Bul- 
locke. My wife Sara to be sole executrix. If she be with child &c. My 
father in law George Coo and my brother in law John Higham to be over- 
seers. My aunt Hamper of Bylliraykay, my aunt Joan Mortoner of Lon- 
don and my aunt Taylcote of Colchester. 

Wit: Ma: Bridges, Thomas Ditchfield, John Seely. Hele, 12. 

Elizabeth Duchfeild of Colchester, Essex, widow, 12 February 1638, 
28 August 1651. My grandchild Sara Marshall, daughter of my late son 
John Marshall deceased. My son Richard Marshall and his children John, 
Mary, Elizabeth and Sara Marshall. Samuel Clarke my son in law and 

his wife my daughter. My grandchildren Samuel Clarke, John Clarke, 

Thomas Clarke. Nathaniel Clarke, Benjamin Clarke and Francis Clarke. 
John Marshall of Colchester, gen 1 , one of the aldermen of the said town, 
and Mary his wife. My daughter in law Anne Upcher, widow, arid her 
daughter Anne, now the wifa of John Gale of Colchester, woollen-draper. 
The poor, lame and impotent people of Chelmsford, Essex, and of Lexden, 
within the liberties of Colchester. The residue to my said son in law Sam- 
uel Clarke and to the children of my said son Richard Marshall, to be 
equally parted and divided between the said Samuel and the said children. 
The said Samuel Clarke to be sole executor. Elizabeth Dichfeild (her 
mark;. Gre y> 158 * 

138 Genealogical Gleanings in Eyigland. [Jan. 

John Parkinson of Colne Engaine, Essex, clerk, 7 May 1628, proved 
2 December 1 629. To son John my " chare " which I use to ride to 
church, which I bought of Mr. Gurdon. My son John's wife and his son 
John. My daughter Agnes Wood als Davy and her daughters Anne Fisher, 
Elizabeth Fisher, Abigail Fisher and Margaret Fisher. My grandchildren 
John Fisher and George Wood. My daughter Joane Howe, and my grand- 
children Matthew, John, Thomas, Anne and Mary Howe, her children, and 
Matthew Howe, her husband. Agnes Rookes the daughter of my son 
Christopher Parkinson, and Richard Parkinson, his son, my grandchild. 
Henry Parkinson the son of my son Thomas. My house in the town of 
Huntington, in the parish of St. Benett's, now called the " Checker." 
Dorothy, widow of my late son Thomas. 

I give and bequeath unto Robert Tailecott, gentleman, twenty shillings. 
To Mary Taylecott my grandchild, the wife of Robert Tailecott, twenty 
shillings. My son in law John Wood alias Davy. My grandchild Daniel 
Fisher to be sole executor. 

Sententia pro valore, in the case of the above will, was promulgated 2 
December 1629, Mary Taylcott als Lumkin als Parkinson, a daughter of 
the testator, being one of the parties interested. Ridley, 107. 

William Talcott of Colchester pewterer, 20 August 1638, proved 14 
May 1 639. Eldest son Jeremy Talcott. Wife Anabell. Messuage &c. 
in All Saints Colchester. Messuage &c. in Halsted, Essex, lately purchased 
of William Austen. Son John. Abigail Harris whom I have forbidden 
him to marry with. Son William. Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Thomas 
Jervis. Elizabeth Jervys my grandchild. Wife Annabell to be executrix. 

Harvey, 71. 

Robert Talcott of Colchester, Essex, the elder, gen*, 11 August 1641, 
proved 1 October 1641. To my son Robert all my lands, tenements and 
hereditaments, both freehold and copyhold, in Polden, Essex. Other be- 
quests to him. My brother Thomas Talcott, clerk. My eldest son Thomas 
to be executor. 

Samuell Clerke one of the witnesses. Evelyn, 128. 

Sentence for the confirmation of the above was promulgated 14 May 
1642, the parties in the case being Thomas Talcott, son and executor, of the 
one part, aud Robert Talcott, also a son, and George Dearsley and 
Sarah Dearsley, nephew and niece (nepotes) on the brother's side, of the 
other part. Cambell, 71. 

Joan Coo of Great Maplested (Essex) 31 January 1641, proved 9 
August 1647. My son Isaac. To my daughter Bridges twenty pounds. 
To my son Bridges twenty shillings. Mrs. Hackett one of my grandchil- 
dren. Mr. Hackett. Matthew Bridges my grandchild. My daughter 
Leigh and my son Leygh. My god daughter Joane Leigh. Anna Leigh 
and George Leigh. My daughter Strutt aud her sons John and Thomas 
Strutt. My daughter Edith Coo. My son George Coo. I give to my 
sister Taylcott's son Thomas three pounds and to her other four children 
eight pounds to be equally divided between them. My son Higham and 
his wife. To my cousin Thomas Cooke twenty shillings. The poor of 
Much Maplested and Mr. Shepherd. My lands in Colne Byrt Hall. Mrs. 
Blithe. Mr. Dan Rogers. Mr. Carr. Mr. Brewer. My cousin Lenton 
of Sudbury. My cousin Greene of Hedingham widow. My son Isaack 
Coo to be sole executor. Fines, 180. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in .England. 139 

Moses Wall of Braintree, Essex, clothier, 16 September 16£3, with a 
codicil dated 16 October 1623, proved 23 January 1623. To wife Anne 
my copyhold messuage in Little Bromley, Essex, for life. To son Moses 
all my lands, tenements &c. in Hatfield Broadoak in Essex. And I give 
him my copyhold tenement in Braintree provided that my wife shall have 
the benelt of all my tenements and lands &c. until Moses my son shall be 
thought fit to go to Cambridge. My two daughters Lydia and Mary Wall, 
at twenty one. My friends Mr. Collins of Braintree, Mr. Daniel Rogers 
of Wethersfield, Mr. Pumfritte of Bocking, Mr. Bucklye of Lyees, Mr. 
Wharton of Felsted and Mr. Blackerbye. 

I give unto John Talkatt, my son in law, and to Rachel Taylcott and to 
Sara Taylcott, my daughters in law, five pounds apiece. My workmen 
John Longe, George Billingalle, Thomas Wilkinson, John Clarke and his 
wife, Robard Kellogg, William Ventris and John Springe. John Princett, 
Richard Claye and William Porter. John Jacob my apprentice. My breth- 
ren Nicholas and John Wall. My other brethren Bartholomew and Daniel 
Wall. John and Daniel Wall, sons of my brother Nicholas Wall. My 
customary lands &c. in Fingregoe, I^ssex. If Moses die and my daughters 
likewise, without issue &c. I give to John Taylcote my sou in law my tene- 
ment in Braintree after my wife's decease. My friend Thomas Fitche of 
Bockinge. My loving sister Mary Peers, widow. 

Wit: William Goodwin, George Steares. Wit: to the Codicil, W. 
Lyngwood, George Stares, John Springe. Byrde, 6. 

[Those interested will see a very large abstract of the above will in The 
Goodwins of East Anglia, already referred to.] 

Nicholas Wall of Langham, Essex, yeoman, 3 April 1647, proved 5 
July 1648. I give unto every one of my " sonne in lawes," Mr. Thomas 
Gipps, Mr. Thomas Brandeston and Mr. William Allen, twenty shillings 
apiece to make each of them a gold ring. To my three daughters in law, 
my son John's wife, my son Daniel's wife and my son Bartholomew's wife 
(the same legacies). To the poor of Langham forty shillings. To my 
grandchildren, sons and daughters of my son John, viz 1 John, Daniel, Nicho- 
las and Jane Wall, ten pounds apiece, the sons at one and twenty and the 
daughter at same age or day of marriage. To my grandchildren Daniel, 
John and Elizabeth Wall, children of my son Daniel (a similar bequest). 
To my daughter Mary wife of Mr. Thomas Gipps fifty pounds (with con- 
dition about their children). To daughter Elizabeth wife of William Allen 
(a similar bequest). A similar bequest to daughter Sarah wife of Mr. 
Thomas Brands ton. To Elizabeth and Sarah Wall, the daughters of my 
son James, fifty pounds apiece at one and twenty or days of marriage. To 
my son Samuel Wall and Elizabeth his wife, after my wife's decease, my 
customary messuages, lands &c. in Kirkby and Thorpe in the " Sookne " in 
Essex. To wife Elizabeth, for life, fifteen pounds a year to be paid out of 
the profits of my lease of the demesnes of the Manor of Langham, provided 
she release to my son John and Jane his wife all her dower in that tene- 
ment &c. in Feering and Mark's Tey, Essex, called Dolmsey, in the occu- 
pation of Porter. My wife to release to my son Daniel and Mary his 

wife her dower in the messuage, lands &c. called Meere's Pightle, in Strat- 
ford, Suffolk, wherein the said Daniel now dwelleth. Other bequests and 
provisions. Bartholomew Wall my son to be my sole executor, or, in case 
of his death &c, my son in law William Allen. Essex, 120. 

140 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [Jan. 

Bartholomew Wall of Midleton, Essex, yeoman, 21 November 1651, 
proved 30 April 1655. To son Richard Wall of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 
the farm I now use and occupy called Midleton Hall, to hold for one year, 
he paying the year's rent &c. After that I give said farm to ray wife Mar- 
garet for the rest of the term of the lease. My two daughters Sarah and 
Mary Wall. Household stuff I brought from Langford Hall. Messuage, 
lands, &c. in parish of St. Lawrence in Dengey Hundred, Essex (and other 
lands near by). To my son Bartholomew Wall an annuity of ten pounds 
per annum to be issuing out of the messuages, lands &c. given to my son 
Richard ; also twenty pounds of lawful money, to be paid unto him within 
six months after my decease. My daughter Elizabeth Pennington and 
such child or children of hers as shall be living at the time of my decease. 
Every one of my brothers, living at my decease. Son Richard to be sole 
executor and cousin Daniel Wall of Stratford, Suffolk clothier, and my 
son's master Mr. Webb of Dedham, clothier, to be overseers. 

Aylett, 349. 

Richard Wall of Stratford, Suffolk, clothier, 12 November 1656, 
proved 23 February 1656. All my lands, tenements &c. to be sold for pay- 
ment of debts and funeral charges. My sister Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel 
Pennington, and her children. Edmund Cooke the younger of Stratford, 
clothier. Reference to will of father, Bartholomew Wall, deceased, dated 
21 November 1651, and to the bequest therein made to Mary and Sarah 
Wall, his daughters (evidently still living). Elizabeth Pennington to be 
executrix. Ruthen, 80. 

Maygaret Seborne of Dedham, widow, 17 August 1622, proved 18 
September 1622. My son William Bentley. My son Edward Bentley. 
My sou Bezaliall Bentley. My son John Bentley. My daughter Margaret 
Bentley. My son Thomas Seborne. My son in law Edmund Seborne. 
My five children, William, Edward, John, Bez-iliall and Margaret Bentley. 
Son William sole executor. 

Proved by William Bentley. Savile, 83. 

Mary Bently of Laugham, Essex, widow, 27 December 1647, proved 
3 January 1648. My son William Bently and his wife. To Mary Clark 
my grandchild the whole hundred pounds that is in my. brother Howe's 
hand of Dedham, forty pounds whereof is the legacy that was given unto 
her by her grandfather at his decease, and the other three score pounds I 
give unto her with this proviso that she be subject to my executor and my 
loving brothers John Alfounder and Steven How, to be ruled and advised 
by them both now while she is in her single estate and also when she comes 
to enter into the married estate, and to contract matrimony with no man 
without their advice and consent. I give her a rug which I bought of my 
sister Salmon of Dedhara. I give to my grandchildren Mary Clark, daugh- 
ter to my daughter Clark deceased, and Anna, Elizabeth, Mary and Sara 
Wall, daughters to my daughter Wall, and John and Mary Rayner, the 
children of my daughter Rayner deceased, and John and Anthony Bog- 
gice, the sons of my daughter Boggice, all that my part in the ship called 
the Elizabeth of Maningtree. To my loving brothers and sisters, Henry 
Fenn and his wife, my brother Alderman and his wife, Steven How and 
his wife, Margaret Collings, my sister Salmon, Bezaliel Bently and John 
Bently, and to my sons and daughters Bartholomew Wall and his wife, 
Edward Rayner and his wife and Anthony Boggice and his wife, five shil- 

1896.] Book Notices. 141 

lings apiece, to buy them gloves with. My brother Thomas Sebborn. My 
brother Edward Bently. The poor of Langham. My brother Henry Fenn 
of Dedham to be sole executor. 

Commission issued (at above date) to Bartholomew Wall and Anna his 
wife, Anthony Boggis and Susan his wife, daughters natural and lawful of 
the testatrix, to administer according to the tenor of the will for the reason 
that Henry Fenn expressly renounced the trust. Fairfax, 16. 


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London and the Kingdom. A History derived mainly from the Archives at Guild- 
hall in the Custody of the Corporation of the City of London. By Reginald R. 
Sharpe, D.C.L., Records Clerk in the Office of the Town Clerk of the City of 
London; Editor of " Calendar of Wills enrolled in the Court of Husting," 
etc. In three volumes. Printed by order of the Corporation, under the direc- 
tion of the Library Committee. London : Longmans, Green & Co., and New 
York: 15 East 16th Street. All rights reserved. 1894 and 1895. Vol. I., 
pp. xv., 566. Vol. II., pp. xi., 650. Vol. III., pp. ix., 565. 

The origin of London is lost in the mist of a remote, pre-historic past, and 
antiquaiies by no means agree as to when and by whom its foundations were 
first laid. Its commercial fame, says Freeman, " dates from the early days of 
Roman dominion," and " amidst all changes within and without, it has always 
preserved more or less of its ancient character as a free city." 

The first mayor of London was Henry Fitz-Alwin. He was elected in 1189, 
more than a century after the Norman conquest. In the year 1889, that being 
the 700th anniversary of the mayoralty, the corporation of London ordered this 
compilation to be made from the records in its archives, to show the influence 
of London upon the affairs of the kingdom. That influence, owing to the num- 
ber and enterprise of its inhabitants, its geographical position and its wealth, 
was, as Dr. Sharpe shows, exceedingly great. The espousal by London of the 
cause of Parliament in the Civil War turned the tide against the king, and in 
more than one crisis in the history of England the decisive action of the citi- 
zens of London has shaped the course of the whole kingdom. 

Each of these volumes has for a frontispiece a heliotype copy of an ancient 
document, the earliest being a fac-simile of the charter granted to the citizens 
of London by William the Conqueror. 

There are two appendices, one comprising letters, early proclamations and 
other papers from the City's Record of Letters. It is a most interesting collec- 
tion of documents, the value of which to historical students is much enhanced 
by their being printed in full. 

These volumes and the Index to the Remembrancia* were presented by the 
corporation of London to the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, and 
are an important addition to the library of the Society. It is to be hoped that 
other English cities may be moved to follow the example here set them, and put 
in print their priceless records, in this way not only making them accessible to 
the historian, but preserving them from any possible risk of destruction ; and 
it cannot be too strongly impressed upon the minds of the custodians of archives 
that in no surer way can they earn the gratitude of historical students than by 
printing all such records in full. 

By John T. Hassam, A. M., of Boston. 

* Analytical Index to the Series of Records known as the Remembrancia. Preserved 
among the Archives of the City of London. A. D. 1579-1664 [Arms of the City of London]. 
Prepared by the authority of the Corporation of London, under the Superintendence of 
the Library Committee. London : E. J. Francis & Co., Took's Court and Wine Office 
Court, E. C. 1878. pp. xv., 623. 
VOL. L. 13 

142 Book Notices. [Jan. 

The Stiles Family in America. Genealogies of the Connecticut Family. By Henry 
Reed Stiles, A.M., M.D., of New York City. Jersey City : Doan & Pilson, 
Printers. 1895. Royal 8vo. pp. xii-f 782. Price, $5. Address H. R. Stiles, 
M.D., P. O. Box 1810, New York City. 

Dr. Stiles, the author of the work before us, has no superior as a writer of 
local and family history. Over thirty years ago he published his History 
of Ancient Windsor, Ct., in a goodly volume of over nine hundred pages. 
The writer of this notice reviewed the work in the Register for April, 
1860, and thus characterized it : " This work," we said, " comes as near our 
ideal of a good town history as any yet published." He has continued to do 
good work in this line to the present time. His History of Brooklyn, N. Y., 
in three volumes, octavo, 1867-1870; his History of Kings County, N. Y., in 
one thick quarto, 1884, and the second edition of Ancient Windsor, revised 
and much enlarged, published in two thick volumes, noticed in the Register for 
July, 1893, may be mentioned as special instances of his work in this line. The 
Stiles Genealogy, now before us, has been compiled in the same exhaustive man- 
ner as the author's previous works. It is full ten years since the first page 
of this book was printed. It contains " descendants of John Stiles of Wind- 
sor, Conn., and of Mr. Francis Stiles of Windsor and Stratford, Conn., 
1635-1894 ; also the Connecticut New Jersey Families, 1720-1894 ; and the South- 
ern (or Bermuda-Georgia) Family, 1635-1894 ; with Contributions to the Gene- 
alogies of some New York and Pennsylvania Families ; and an Appendix con- 
taining Information concerning the English Families of the Name." The work 
makes a handsome volume of nearly 800 pages, with ten portraits. It is well 
arranged, well indexed and well printed. Only a limited edition is printed, and 
those who want it should lose no time in securing it. 

The Fields of Sowerby near Halifax, England, and of Flushing, New York. With 
Some Notices of the Families of Underhill, Bourne, Burling, Hazard and, Os- 
good. By Osgood Field, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, &c. Lon- 
don: Printed for Private Circulation Only. 1895. Folio pp. vii.-j- 131. 

Mr. Field, the author of the sumptuous book before us, has been interested 
in the history of his ancestors for over a third of a century. In 1863 he con- 
tributed to the April number, then under the editorial charge of the writer of 
this notice, a valuable " Sketch of the Family of Field," which was reprinted 
in pamphlet form. Since then other valued articles from his pen have appeared 
in the Register. 

" In the course of a life, which has extended beyond the usual term," says 
Mr. Field, in his Preface, " the author has collected much information relating to 
the family, and, in almost every case, from original sources. The facts which 
he has gotten together are mostly contained in loose memoranda, which have 
never been arranged systematically, and which will probably be scattered or de- 
stroyed after his death. Every year the task of compiling a family history be- 
comes more difficult, owing to the loss or destruction of ancient documents. 
For these reasons, he has thought it well to put the more important materials 
he has gathered in such a shape, that those interested in these family matters 
who survive, or come after him, may have the benefit of his researches." 

A mere glance at the contents of this volume will show the richness of the 
material collected by Mr. Field, and his mastery of his subject. He has shown 
that the Fields of Flushing, Long Island, from which he himself is descended, 
can trace to the Fields of Sowerby. He gives four tabular pedigrees showing his 
descent and that of the other Flushing Fields from Richard del Feld of Sowerby, 
son of Roger del Feld, born about 1240. Carefully prepared biographical no- 
tices of the members of the family are given, and records and documents illus- 
trating its history. Though only one of the early settlers of the name in New 
England, Robert Field, a patentee of Flushing, N. Y., has been traced in these 
pages, it is possible that the descendants of other emigrants may find some- 
thing about their ancestors in the records here preserved. 

The book is from the Chiswick Press, and is elegantly printed. It is embel- 
lished by engravings in the best style of the art, among them views of churches 
and other buildings with which the history of the family is connected. 

1896.] Booh Notices. 143 

American and English Sambornes. By V. C. Sanborn of LaGrange, Ills. Moni- 
tor Press, Concord, N. H. pp. 30. 

The present tendency of genealogical research is towards establishing the 
Trans-Atlantic origin of our early New England families. This is the most dif- 
ficult of all such investigations, since our ancestors rarely kept up any connec- 
tion with their old world kindred. Year by year adds to'the facilities for this 
research. Mr.Waters's publications, and those of the different English societies, 
render more available the mass of documentary evidence in existence. But 
thoroughly to trace out an ancestral line, one needs to consult the original 
records ; parish registers, wills and inquisitions post mortem offer treasures to 
the genealogist who can avail himself of their contents. 

Mr. Sanborn has interested himself in the Sanborn family for several years, 
and within the last six months has himself searched the records in England for 
the link which connects the English and American families. 

The American family has been well tabulated, in a genealogy printed by Dr. 
Nathan Sanborn in 1856, and later by genealogies in the town histories of Hamp- 
ton and Sanbornton, N. H. 

The English pedigrees of the family have been full of errors, and Mr. San- 
born has, in the present volume, traced a consecutive and correct pedigree of 
the English Sambornes from 1350 to 1700. The line starts with one Nicholas 
Samborne of Wiltshire, born about 1350, whose son married the grand-daughter 
and heir of Sir Simon Lushill of Lushill, Steward to the Royal Household, and 
a connection of tfie Plantagenet Earls of Derby. 

A branch of this Samborne family married into the Lisles of Hampshire, and 
we find in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a line of Sambornes, clergy- 
men in Hants. One of these, Rev. James Samborne, was of Puritan tendencies, 
and an intimate friend of Sir Thomas Jervois of Herriarcl, a Puritan leader and 
a member of the " Rump" Parliament. This Rev. James Samborne, who died 
about 1628, was rector of the next parish to Wherwell, Hants., where Rev. Ste- 
phen Bachiler was rector from 1588 to 1605, and near which parish he lived 
until 1630, when he sold his land and moved to America. Mr. Sanborn deduces 
from those facts fair evidence of a connection between the English and Ameri- 
can families. Some new discoveries have also been made by Mr. Sanborn in 
Holland and England as to Rev. Mr. Bachiler, whose interesting life has been 
told in the Register by the late Judge Batchelder. Mr. Sanborn also describes 
and engraves English arms of Samborne, and proves the coat engraved in the 
Sanborn Genealogy of 1856 to be without any authority ; it never belonged to 
any Samborne family. The volume is illustrated with charming engravings of 
churches and houses of the English Sambornes. 

Rev. Mr. Bachiler, it will be remembered, was the grandfather of the first 
Sambornes in this country, and brought them over with him in 1632. 

Copies of the genealogy (price $1 in paper, $1.50 in cloth) may be obtained 
of the author. #** 

The Eival Claimants for North America, 1497-1775. By Justin Winsor. 

Worcester, Mass. : Press of Charles Hamilton. 1895. 8vo. pp. 21. 

In this pamphlet Mr. Winsor (an acknowledged authority in regard to our 
colonial history) has given, in a fair and impartial manner, the substance of the 
dispute between England and her colonies on the one hand and France and her 
colonies on the other. Let us examine briefly the points at issue between the 
two nations. Prance, in the time of Erancis I. and later, claimed the new con- 
tinent on account of Verrazzano's voyage along the Atlantic coast. But she did 
not permanently occupy any section of territory along the seaboard of what is 
now the United States ; and, more than this, the Cabots in their voyage of dis- 
covery under Henry VIII. of England, had sailed along the coast at an earlier 
date— a seemingly conclusive settlement of the question, as far as priority of 
discovery (which appears to be the true test as between the two nations) could 
settle it. France laid special claim to the trans-Alleghany region because her 
subjects had first sailed clown the Mississippi (although they were not the first 
to discover it) and had made a few settlements along the Illinois and the lower 
Mississippi, and still more because they had settled at the mouth of the great 
river. But, on the other hand, many of the British had penetrated into other 
parts of this region. And the English also claimed jurisdiction over this 
vast area because of an alleged deed of sale in 1701 from the powerful tribe of 
the Iroquois, who either owned or had acquired by conquest from the Hurons, 

144 Booh Notices* [Jan. 

Eries, Shawnees and Illinois in the northern part, and the Cherokees, Chicka- 
saws and Creeks in the southern part of the great valley lying east of the Mis- 
sissippi, practically the whole territory in dispute. Moreover, France, by the 
treaty of Utrecht, in 1713, had acknowledged the sovereignty of the English 
over the Iroquois ; so that, whether we consider the opposing claims of the 
two nations in the light of prior discovery and permanent occupation, or in 
regard to the cession to the English by the Iroquois (the then dominant abo- 
riginal tribe) , there can be no reasonable doubt that the English were right. 
And they proceeded to make this right good by permanent occupation, by open- 
ing up and settling (not by merely establishing a few trading posts and forts, 
as was the custom of the French) this immense territory they had acquired. 
The French never had the indispensable qualities of tenacity and steadfastness 
that go to the making of a colonizing nation — a ruling power. Their alertness, 
quickness, bravery even, were no match for the patient, persistent, determined 
spirit of our English forefathers. They may have been equally ready with the 
English to enter upon any given territory; but, unlike them, they did not come 
to stay. Excellent skirmishers in the onward march of the great western em- 
pire, they lacked the ability to hold and make fruitful even such settlements as 
they had established. Their purpose was in the main utilitarian. They came 
not, as did our New England forefathers, to establish and perpetuate a great 
republic on the basis of civil and religious liberty. 

By Bev. Daniel Bollins, of Boston, Mass. 

Tlie Edward Jackson Family of Newton, Massachusetts, in the Line of Commo- 
dore Charles Hunter Jackson, United States Navy, Middletown, Connecticut. 
Compiled by Frank Farns worth Starr, for James J. Goodwin. Hartford, 
Conn. 1895. 8vo. pp. 85. 

This book contains the results of an exhaustive search by Mr. Starr of Mid- 
dletown, Ct., of one line of the descendants of Edward Jackson of Newton. 
The author has made a " thorough examination of the Massachusetts State 
Records, the records of Suffolk and Middlesex counties, of the cities of Cam- 
bridge and Newton, and family papers." He has made important corrections in 
the previously published genealogies of this family. He has made large ex- 
tracts from the public records, and has prepared a large tabular pedigree of the 
descendants in this line of Christopher Jackson of Mile End and Bethnal 
Green, England. The book is handsomely printed and has a good index. Mr. 
Starr deserves much credit for the thorough manner in which he has done his 
work, and Mr. Goodwin is entitled to praise for the handsome way in which 
he has brought it out for his relatives and friends. 

The Probate Becords of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800. . Compiled and 

edited by William D. Patterson, for the Maine Genealogical Society, Wis- 

casset, Me. Portland. 1895. 

Within the last few years there has been a very commendable interest exhib" 
ited in the publication of early town records. Formerly the student who de~ 
sired to ascertain authentic information respecting town history was obliged to 
spend a great deal of time in hunting up old records, many of which were inac- 
cessible ; but since the publication of so many town records, he is enabled to 
ascertain facts with a minimum expenditure of time. In England this work 
has been carried on by experts for a much longer period than it has been in this 
country, but it is encouraging to see with what facility we have adopted the 
example set us in this respect by the mother country. When the work of pub- 
lishing ancient town records is "completed, the re-writing of town histories will 
be necessary. The Genealogical Society is showing its great usefulness in pub- 
lishing this book, and the compiler is to be congratulated for his share in it. 
Any one who desires to know something about Lincoln County will find this 
volume a mine of valuable and accurate information. Besides the items recorded 
in the records, there is a very interesting introduction, full of historical facts, 
written by that veteran Maine historiographer, Rufus K. Sewall, Esq., of Wis- 
casset, which in itself is well worth the cost of the book. What books of this 
nature require to make them accessible is a careful index of names, and from a 
cursory perusal of that at the end of this volume, the writer has no doubt of 
its accuracy. As a piece of book making the volume is a credit to the Society. 

By Hon. James P. Baxter, A.M., of Portland, Me. 

1896.] Book Notices. 145 

A Century of the Senate of the United States. Prepared by William S. Apple- 

This list of the members of the United States senate for one hundred years 
was " communicated to the Massachusetts Historical Society at its meeting 14 
March, 1895," and is reprinted from the Proceedings of that society. "This 
roll is believed," the author says, " to contain the names of all the men who sat 
in the Senate of the United States during its first century, with the few who 
never sat there, though having a perfect right to do." The list will be found 
very useful. It must have cost the compiler much labor. 

Boll of Members of the Military Company of the Massachusetts now called the An- 
cient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, with a Roster of the 
Officers and Preachers. 1638 — 1894. Prepared by vote of the Company. 
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A. 1895. 8vo. pp. xi.-+-148. 
The title shows the contents of this book. A preface gives a brief history of 

the company. The illustrations are a fac simile of the charter, a view of 

Faneuil Hall, the head-quarters of the Ancients and of the Gorget, Espanton 

and Halberd. It has an Index of Members. 

North Haven Annals. A History of the Town from the Settlement, 1680, to its 
First Centennial, 1886. By Sheldon B. Thorpe. New Haven, Conn. : Press 
of Price, Lee & Adkins Co. 1892. 8vo. pp. 422. 

The work before us, the Annals of North Haven in Connecticut, is a history 
of an important town of that state. The author has performed his work in a 
manner that entitles him to much credit. The work is well printed and is em- 
bellished with a number of fine engravings, mostly portraits. President Stiles 
of Yale College was a native of North Haven, and his portrait is here given. 
Since the issue of this book the author has collected the early North Haven 
families and their descendants in a manuscript volume, containing several thou- 
sand names, which we hope he will give to the public in print. Meantime he 
will answer inquiries about those families. 

History of the Town of Manchester, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1645-1895. 
By Rev. D. F. Lamson. Published by the Town. 1895. 8vo. pp. xii.+260. 

On the 18th of July last the town of Manchester, Massachusetts, commemo- 
rated its quarter millenary. This was a noteworthy occasion. The present 
volume was prepared in advance of that event and, we think, was ready for 
subscribers on the day of the celebration. It is an excellent work and does 
much credit to the author, Rev. Mr. Lamson, who has shown great care and 
judgment in its preparation. An account of the celebration is printed in the 
Appendix. The book makes an elegant volume, with engravings of historic 
buildings and scenes, portraits, maps, &e. 

History of New London, Connecticut. From the First Survey of the Coast in 
1612 to 1860. By Prances Manwaring Caulktns. With a Memoir of 
the Author. New London: Published by H. D. Utley. 1895. 8vo. pp. 
xviii.-f-696. Price $5 in cloth, or $5.50 in buckram. 

Miss Caulkins's History of New London has long been a standard work, and 
needs no praise from our pen. The work was first published in 1852, and only 
a part of the edition was bound at that time. In 1860 the remaining sheets 
were bound with additional matter bringing the history down to that date. The 
edition was soon exhausted, and for thirty years only second-hand copies could 
occasionally be procured. As high a price as $25, it is said, has been refused 
for a copy. This edition contains a portrait and a memoir of the author, appar- 
ently that written by her half-brother, Hon. Henry P. Haven, and printed in the 
Register, vol. 23, pp. 396-407. The book is well printed and well indexed. 

The Battle of Brandy wine. An Address delivered in Birmingham Meeting House 
before the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, June 18, 1895. 
By Frederick D. Stone. Philadelphia. 1895. 8vo. pp. 17. 
Mr. Stone, the librarian of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, has, in his 

address here printed, done a good service to the cause of American history. 

With great care he has gathered up the details of one of the most important 

battles in the Revolution, and preserved the memory of those who participated 

in the battle. 

146 Book Notices, [Jan. 

The Oxford Academy Centennial. A Becord of the Proceedings and Exercises 
had in honor of the One Hundredth Anniversary of that Institution, with Notes 
by the Editor. Held at Oxford, Chenango County, N. Y., June 28, 29, 1894. 
Edited by Hon. O. H. Curtis, Oxford, N. Y. Published by the General Com- 
mittee. 1895. 8vo. pp. 145. 

The addresses delivered upon this occasion by Hon. 0. H. Curtis, Hon. A. C. 
Coxe, George Bundy Esq., Rev. W. B. Thorpe, Dr. L. Coville, Mr. De Shon, 
and Prof. E. R. Payson, all evince careful thought and preparation, but it seems 
to me that those delivered by Hon. A. C. Coxe and Hon. O. H. Curtis, and the 
poem read by Mr. E. C. Delevan (which contains some lines of rare beauty) 
call for special mention. Many and important are the far-reaching results that 
follow such a commemoration as this. Probably the greatest good that can be 
derived from such occasions is the stimulus, the impetus, which they give to 
the cause of education. Surely after careful and thorough moral and religious 
teaching, no other subject can be so important as that of careful mental train- 
ing. Especially is this true in a great republic like ours, whose security and 
perpetuity depend in large measure upon properly guided public sentiment, for 
each individual is in a degree responsible for the welfare of the whole body 
politic. And as the state is made up of the aggregate of the individuals living 
under its protecting care, it behooves us as a people (if we would see our 
nation continue to be a power for good among the nations of the earth, a power 
for peace and righteousness) to see to it that education is widely diffused 
throughout our borders. Especially should the New England spirit, the coun- 
terpart or outgrowth of the sturdy English spirit (for no two nations in the 
world are so essentially one as our country and the mother country), be incul- 
cated by means of the steady and persistent teaching of American history and 
institutions. It is not necessary that the State should give each citizen a col- 
lege education ; but it is highly necessary that it should see to it that every child 
born in this country (or coming to it from foreign lands) should be given the 
elements of a general education, supplemented by some knowledge of their 
privileges (and duties as well) as citizens of our republic, and as deriving there- 
from liberty and protection to life and property. It is probably true that reli- 
ance may be placed to-day upon the great body of our people, but when we 
reflect that the average immigration to our shores is now over half a million of 
people annually (many of whom have no knowledge of our institutions) we 
cannot fail to see the necessity of persistent and systematic dissemination, 
through our schools and press, of a knowledge of what our country stands for, 
namely, civil and religious liberty under the law of the land. Only thus may 
we preserve and hand down to coming generations these rich blessings be- 
queathed to us by our forefathers. 

By Bev. Daniel Bollins, of Boston, Mass. 

Beport of the State Librarian to the New Hampshire Legislature for the Period 
beginning October 1, 1894. Concord: Edward N. Pearson, Public Printer. 
1894. 8vo. pp. 331. 

The book before us is " The First Biennial Report, and the Twenty-fourth 
Report of the Librarian subsequent to the Act approved July 3, 1866." Mr. Kim- 
ball has done a good work in preparing this volume. Besides the biennial report 
proper, he has added an appendix of valuable matter, namely, 1, Official Publi- 
cations of New Hampshire, 1892-94; 2, New Hampshire Regimental Histories; 
3, Libraries of New Hampshire, 1894; 4, Library Laws of New Hampshire; 5, 
Biography of Dartmouth College; 6, Bibliography of Manchester, N. H. 

A Grandfather's Legacy, containing a Sketch of His Life and Obituary Notices of 
Some Members of His Family ; together with Letters from His Friends. Wash- 
ington : Henry Polkinham, Printer. 1879. 8vo. pp. 251-f-ix. 

The Grandfather whose story is here given is the late William Wilson 
Corcoran, the prominent Washington banker. He was the son of Thomas Cor- 
coran, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1754, and came to Baltimore in 
1783. His son, whose life and correspondence are here given, was born Dec. 
27, 1798. The history of the philanthropic banker is well, though briefly, told. 
Most of the letters are from men who were eminent in their day, and on sub- 
jects of interest that interest our people. The book is handsomely printed and 
bound, and is a worthy memorial of a worthy man. 

1896.] Booh Notices. 147 

Daughters of the Bevolution and Their Times. 1769—1776. A Historical Bo- 
mance. By Charles Carleton Coffin. Boston and New York: Hough- 
ton, Mifflin and Company. 1895. 12mo. pp. xi.-f-387. Price, $1.50. 
Mr. Coffin has won a high reputation as a writer of history, biography and 
fiction. He has here given us a story of the Revolution ; and yet this " romance " 
has more of fact than fiction in it. " The narrative of events," says the author 
in his Introduction, "takes the form of a story— a slight thread of romance being 
employed, rather than didactic narrative, to more vividly picture the scenery and 
the parts performed by actors in the great historic drama. It will not be diffi- 
cult for the reader to discern between the facts of history and the imaginative 
parts of the story." The book is illustrated by portraits and views of real 
personages and buildings. A map of Boston which is here given will help the 
reader to follow the narrative. We commend the book especially to those in- 
terested in revolutionary history. 

Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. January 1895. Vol. 
I., No. 1. Miscellany No. 1. Philadelphia: Printed for the Society. 8vo. 
pp. 40. 

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, recently organized at Philadelphia, 
has issued the first number of its Publications. It contains five articles, namely, 
The Sailing of the Ship Submission, 1682 ; Inscriptions on Ancient Tombstones ; 
John Hart, Governor of Maryland ; Data concerning the Taking of Wolves in 
1676 ; and Notices of Justices of New Castle. The matter preserved is valua- 
ble, and the work does credit to those who have charge of the publication. 

Corporations in the Days of the Colony. By Andrew McFarland Davis. Cam- 
bridge : John Wilson & Son, University Press. 1894. 8vo. pp. 34. 

The Law of Adultery and Ignominious Punishments. By Andrew McFarland 
Davis. Worcester, Mass., U. S. A. : Press of Charles Hamilton. 1895. 
8vo. pp. 32. 

Provincial Banks : Land and Silver. By Andrew McFarland Davis. Cam- 
bridge : John Wilson & Son, University Press. 1895. 8vo. pp. 40. 

The three pamphlets, whose titles are here given, are recent contributions to 
our Colonial and Provincial history which Mr. Davis of Cambridge has given 
us. Like all his monographs, they are exhaustive in their treatment of the sub- 
jects. The first and last are reprints from the Publications of the Colonial 
Society, and the other is reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Anti- 
quarian Society. 

The Massachusetts settlers met with no little trouble in carrying on their gov- 
ernment as a colony. One difficulty was in regard to corporations. They had 
no power under their charter to create corporations, while it was desirable that 
the several plantations should be corporations. In their dilemma they seem to 
have adopted this plan. They assigned to parties a particular territory, and 
allowed them to organize a town government for themselves. But the early 
town records are so defective that it would be rash to speak positively. When 
this was done the Court gave the plantation a name. I think no town in the 
Massachusetts Colony was incorporated under the first charter. Mr. Davis, in 
his paper on Massachusetts Corporations, read before the Colonial Society of 
Massachusetts, has taken a broad survey of the subject, and given us what he 
finds about them. Those who wish to know about them should study Mr. 
Davis's tract. The only corporation the Massachusetts Colony seems to have 
attempted to create was Harvard College. This was in 1650, when the gov- 
ernment of the mother country was in the hands of the friends of New Eng- 

Mr. Davis's next paper is on " The Law of Adultery and Ignominious Pun- 
ishments, with Especial Reference to the Penalty of wearing a letter affixed to 
the Clothing." The author treats this in his usual thorough manner. 

The last paper on Provincial Banks contains a summary of what can be 
learned on this important subject. Much has been written about " The Land 
Bank," " The Silver Scheme," and other financial expedients of the eighteenth 
century, but no full and exhaustive history has appeared before this. 

Mr. Da\ds deserves the gratitude of historical students for these three tracts. 

148 Booh Notices, [Jan. 

Tower Genealogy. An Account of the Descendants of John Tower of Hingham, 
Mass. Compiled under the direction of Charlemagne Tower, late of Phil- 
adelphia, deceased. Cambridge: John Wilson & Son, University Press. 1891. 
8vo. pp. xii.+887. 

Whitney. The Descendants of John Whitney, who came from London, England, 
to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635. By Frederick Clifton Pierce. Pub- 
lished by the Author. Press of W. B. Conkey Company, Chicago, 111. 1895. 
Royal 8vo. pp. G92. Price, $10. Address F. C. Pierce, 1G1 Dearborn St., 
Chicago, 111. 

Genealogy of the Tucker Family. From Various Authentic Sources. By Ephralm 
Tucker. Worcester, Mass., U. S. A. 1895. 8vo. pp. 414. Price, $5 bound 
in cloth, or $7.50 in turkey morocco. Address E. Tucker, 58 Laurel St., 
Worcester, Mass. 

Sargent Genealogy. Hugh Sargent of Courteen Hall, Northamptonshire, and his 
Descendants in England. By John S. Sargent of Chicago, 111. 
William Sargent of Maiden, New England, and his Descendants in America. 
By Aaron Sargent of Somerville, Mass. Somerville, Mass. : Compiled and 
Published by Aaron Sargent. 1895. 8vo. pp. 218. 

Our Family Ancestors. By Thomas Maxwell Potts, Canonsburg, Pa. : Pub- 
lished by the Author. 1895. 8vo. pp. xiv.-f-428. Price, $3.50 ; postpaid, $3.70. 

A Becord of the Searight Family (also written Seaioright) established in America 
by William Seawright. By James A. Searight. Uniontown, Pa. 1893. 8vo. 
pp. 228. 

Genealogy of the Crane Family. Vol. I. Descendants of Henry Crane of Weth- 
ersfield and Guilford, Conn., icith Sketch of the Family in England. Worces- 
ter, Mass. : Press of Charles Hamilton. 1895. 8vo. pp. 201. 

History and Genealogy of the Watson Family, descendants of Matthevj Watson, who 
came to America in 1718. Compiled by Mrs. Julia Draper (Watson) Bemis 
and Alonzo Amasa Bemis, D.D.S. Spencer, Mass. 1894. 8vo. pp. 163. 

SethBeed, Lieut. -Col. Continental Army; Pioneer at Geneva, N. Y., 1781, and 
Erie, Penn., June 1795. His Ancestors and Descendants. By his Great 
Grand-Daughter, Mary Hunter Buford. Boston : 1895. Sq. 8vo. pp. 166. 

TheWyman Families of Great and Little Hormead, Herts County, Eng. By Horace 
Wyman. Worcester, Mass. 1893. Oblong 8vo. pp. 20. 

A Chart of the Ancestors and Descendants of Bev. Bobert Bose, who came to Vir- 
ginia in 1725, and died 1751. Compiled by W. G. Stanard for Miss Annie 
Fitzhugh Rose Walker, Richmond, [Va.] : Wm. Ellis Jones, Printer. 1895. 

Hersey Genealogy. Compiled by Francis C. Hersey, South Boston, Mass. 1895. 

Family Becord of John and Sally Hamlen of Plainfield, Mass. Arranged by 
Freeman (son of John and Sally) Hamlen. Presented by Lavautia Ford 
Shaw, grand-daughter of John and Sally Hamlen, June, 1881. Boston: 
Frank Wood, Printer. 1881. Sq. 16mo. pp. 12. 

Blanding of Upton on Severn, Worcester, England. Genealogical Chart. Com- 
piled by 11. W. Roberts, Boston, Mass., [and] Wm. J. C. Kenyon, St. Paul, 
Minn. 1895. 8vo. folded broadside, 16 in. by 13£ in. 

We continue in this number our quarterly notices of works lately received 
relating to family history. 

The Tower Genealogy was prepared under the direction of the late Charle- 
magne Tower, Esq., a wealthy and enterprising citizen of Philadelphia. His 
attention was called to his ancestry when he was a student at Harvard College, 
in 1830. He was a " man of cultivated tastes, a lover of books, particularly of 
those relating to the history of America. He was one of the first to recognize 
the importance of the comparative study of American colonial law." His un- 
rivalled collection on this subject, begun when he was about forty years old, con- 
tinued till his death, to receive rare and valuable accessions. The Tower gene- 
alogy is compiled in a very satisfactory manner. It is printed in the best style 
of the University press, and is well indexed. 

1896.] Book Notices. 149 

The Whitney genealogy, by Col. F. C. Pierce, is a handsome volume of nearly 
seven hundred pages, and contains the records of nearly ten thousand persons. 
It is well arranged and is illustrated by numerous portraits. Several genealo- 
gies of the descendants of John Whitney of Watertown, Mass., have appeared 
before, but no attempt has been previously made to prepare a complete record 
of his descendants. The author has had much experience in compiling local 
and family histories. He is the author of the Histories of Grafton andBarre, 
Mass., besides the Peirce and other Genealogies. " It is a very remarkable his- 
tory," says a writer, " not only in point of dimension, but in the prominent part 
many of the members have played in the unfolding drama of our national life." 

The book on the Tucker family is another valuable addition to genealogical 
literature. It is an octavo of over four hundred pages, printed in clear type on 
fine white paper. The book deals principally with the descendants of Robert 
Tucker, who settled at Weymouth, Mass., as early as 1635, and removed in 1662 
to Milton, where he was the first town clerk. It is well calculated to interest 
the various members of a widely scattered family in their common ancestry. 
It is well arranged on the Connecticut plan, and is filled with important and 
valuable matter. It is well indexed, and is illustrated with numerous portraits. 

The Sargent Genealogy is published by the author of the small volume on that 
family, which appeared in 1858, thirty-seven years ago. Since then much new 
matter has been discovered. Mr. John S. Sargent of Chicago has discovered the 
English ancestry of William Sargent of Maiden, to whose posterity both books 
are devoted, and Mr. Aaron Sargent has made large additions to his record of the 
descendants of William of Maiden. The first edition of this book had become 
extremely rare before the new edition was undertaken, and large prices were 
paid for it. Only a small edition is now printed, and those who want copies 
should apply for them early. 

The book entitled "Our Ancestors" consists of sketches of the families from 
which the children of the author, Hon. Thomas Maxwell Potts, are descended. 
The book is divided into two parts. Part I. gives the Paternal Ancestors, and 
Part II. the Maternal Ancestors. On page 381 is an ancestral chart, on which 
the work is based. The families are treated of in this order, commencing at the 
top of the chart and following down to the bottom. We can readily believe the 
author when he sayshe has devoted to the work much original research. Many 
prominent Pennsylvania and other families are to be found in these pages. 
The book has a good index. 

The Record of the Searight Family is an elegant volume, printed in the high- 
est style of the art, with numerous illustrations. The stirps of this family 
was William Seawright, "who came from near Londonderry in the north of 
Ireland to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, about the year 1740." The book 
contains an account of his descendants as far as could be ascertained. It pre- 
served much interesting family history. 

The Crane Genealogy is by Mr. Crane of Worcester, Mass., who prepared 
and published several years ago an edition of the Rawson Genealogy. He has 
evidently devoted much research to the present work, which gives the descendants 
of Henry Crane of Wethersfield and Guilford, Conn. It is compiled with care, 
is well printed, and is embellished with numerous portraits. It has a good 

The book on the Watson Family gives the descendants of Matthew Watson, 
who came to Boston, Mass., from Coleraine in Ireland, in the year 1718, " with 
his family consisting of his wife Mary Orr, to whom he was married in the year 
1695, and their children." The first season he removed to Framingham. He 
seems later to have settled at Leicester. He was killed in 1720 by a tree falling 
on him. The book is well compiled. The record is well carried out and the 
book is well indexed. 

Seth Reed : His Ancestors and Descendants, is the next book on our list. 
" This genealogy and the little sketch of the life of Seth Reed," the authors 
say, " were commenced several years ago as the result of interest roused by 
gathering data necessary for admission to the ' Society of Sons of the Revolu- 
tion.' " The authors have produced a well written book full of interesting de- 

The Wyman book contains the result of researches made in England by the 
author in*1889, stimulated by the discovery by Mr. Waters of the will of Francis 
Wyman of West Mill, Herts, the father of John and Francis Wyman, the Wo- 
burn immigrants, which will was printed in the Register for April, 1889. The 

150 Recent Publications. [Jan. 

book is illustrated with views of buildings connected with the history of the 
Wyman family in England, and two maps, one of the locations of the Wymans 
in England, and the other of the location of the family in Woburn and Burling- 
ton, Mass. Besides the author of this book — Mr. Horace Wyman of Worces- 
ter — another descendant of the Woburn Wymans, Mr. Morrill Wyman, Jr., of 
Cambridge, has visited Hertfordshire and given the result of his researches in 
this number of the Register (pp. 45-6). 

The Chart of the Descendants of Rev. Robert Rose is a tabular pedigree, 
27 by 32 inches, folded and enclosed in a cover. It shows much research. 

The Hersey Genealogy is a broadside, 27 by 32 inches, folded into a cover. 
It gives a genealogical tree of the descendants of William Hersey, 1635, of 
Hingham, Mass. The lines seem to be fully carried out. 

The Hamlen Family Record gives the record of the descendants of John and 
Sally (Town) Hamlen with praiseworthy fulness. 

The Genealogical Chart of the Blandings gives in a tabular pedigree some of 
the descendants of William Blanding, who settled in Massachusetts in 1640, and 
also records of the Carpenter and Kenyon families. 


presented to the new-england historic genealogical society from august 1, 

1895, to December 1, 1895. 

Prepared by the Assistant Librarian. 
I. Publications written or edited by Members of the Society. 

The Battle of Brandywine. An Address delivered in Birmingham Meeting-house 
before the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution, June 18, 1895. By Fred- 
erick D. Stone. Philadelphia. 1895. 8vo. pp. 17. 

Biographical Sketch of Hon. Thomas H. Dudley. By William John Potts. Cam- 
den, N. J. A paper read before the American Philosophical Society, April 19, 1895. 
Reprinted from the Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc, vol. xxxiv., June 4, 1895. Philadelphia. 
1895. 8vo. pp. 36. 

Charles Carroll, of Carrollton. Last Surviving Signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pedence. [By] Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden, M.A. [Reprinted from the Library 
News-Letter.] Wilkes-Barre. 1894. 8vo. pp. 16. 

Memoir of Gen. Edward Augustus Wild. H. U., 1844. By Bradford Kingman. 
Boston. Privately printed. 1895. 8vo. pp. 11. [Reprint, N.-E. H. G. Register, 

Inscribed Powder- Horns. By Hon. Samuel A. Green, M.D., of Boston. 8vo. pp. 
3. [Reprint, N.-E. H. G. Register, 1896]. 

A Sermon on the History and the Principles of St. Stephen's Parish, Portland, 
Maine. By Rev. Asa Dalton, D.D., Rector. Preached Jnly 4, 1886, on the occasion 
of the Centennial Celebration of the City. Printed by request of the Vestry. Port- 
land. 1886. 8vo. pp. 20. 

Epochs of Church History. By Rev. A. Dalton, D.D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, Portland, Me. Portland. 1894. 12mo. pp. 193. 

The Geology of Vermont as Developed along the Western Border in the oldest 
Fossiliferous Rocks of the Continent. By A. N. Adams. Fair Haven, Vt. 8vo. 
pp. 12. 

Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times. 1769-1776. A Historical Romance. 
By Charles Carleton Coffin. Boston. 1895. 12mo. pp. 387. 

The Alleged " Toryism " of the Clergy of the United States at the Breaking out of 
the War of the Revolution. An Historical Examination by William Stevens Perry, 
Bishop of Iowa and Historiographer of the American Church. 16mo. pp. 26. 

A Century of the Senate of the United States. Prepared by William S. Appleton, 
Communicated to the Massachusetts Historical Society at its meeting, 14 March, 1895. 
and reprinted from its Proceedings. 

Stark's History and Guide to Barbadoes and the Caribbee Islands * * * Illus- 
trated with Maps, Engravings and Photo- Prints. By James H. Stark. Boston. 
1893. 12mo. pp. 221. 

Supplement to the Revised Statutes of the United States, Vol. II., Nos. I- V. Legis- 
lation of the Fifty- Second and Fifty-Third Congresses. 1892-1895. Prepared and 

1896.] Mecent Publications. 151 

edited by William A. Richardson, Chief Justice of the Court of Claims. Assistants : 
George A. King and William B. King of the Supreme Court Bar. By Authority of 
Congress. Washington. 1895. 4to. 437.-f-lxxx. 

The Vermont Chronicle and the Earlier Religious Periodicals Published in Vermont. 
A Paper read at the Centennial of the General Convention of Congregational Minis- 
ters and Churches in Vermont, at Bennington, June 12, 1895. By Ezra H. Byington, 
D.D. Newton, Mass. Nar. 16mo. pp. 30. 

II. Other Publications. 

Memorial of Samuel Whitney Hale. Keene, N. H. Born April 2, 1822. Died 
October 16, 1891. By W. DeLoss Love, Jr. Privately printed. Hartford. 1895. 
8vo. pp. 27. 

Exercises commemorating the life and character of Hon. Eben Francis Stone. 
Held at the meeting house of the First Religious Society, Newburyport, Mass., April 
21, 1895. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 26. 

The Life and Times of Hon. Humphrey Marshall By A. C. Quisen- 

berry. Winchester, Ky. 1892. 8vo. pp. 142. 

Proceedings at the Banquet in honor of Torrey E. Wales and Eleazer Ray Hard at 
the close of fifty years at the bar. Tendered by their professional friends at the Van 
Ness House, Burlington, Vt., March 29, 1895. 8vo. pp. 32. 

Biographical Sketch of Dr. Bennett F. Davenport. [Reprint from Physicians and 
Surgeons of America.] 1895. 8vo. pp. 4. 

Fulton Paul. From the Biographical Review of Columbia County. New York. 

1894. Boston. 1894. 4to. pp. 37. 

Memorial Address delivered May 10, 1890, at Wilmington, N. C. By Hon. Charles 
M. Stedman. A Sketch of the Life and Character of General William MacRae. 
With an Account of the Battle of Ream's Station. Wilmington, N. C. 8vo. pp. 27. 

Louisa Parsons Hopkins, Memorial Service in theBellville Congregational Church, 
Newburyport, Mass., May 29, 1895. Address, Rev. Albert W. Hitchcock. Poem, 
Harriet Prescott Spofford. 1895. 12mo. pp. 15. 

Historical Sketch of John Phillips. A Baccalaureate Discourse. By Rev. George 
E. Street, of Exeter. Before the Graduating Class of Phillips Academy, Andover, 
June 16, 1895 Exeter. 1895. 8vo. pp. 19. 

The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Consecration of Saint Paul's Church, Boston, 
Sunday, May 26, 1895. A Sermon by Rt. Rev. William Lawrence, D.D., Bishop of 
Massachusetts. Boston. Published by the Parish. 1895. 16mo. pp. 40. 

The Boston Picture Book. Over one hundred Historic and Characteristic Views 
in and around Boston. Irving P. Fox, 8 Oliver street. Boston. 1895. 

Dedication of the Ingalls Memorial Library at Rindge^ N. H., Thursday, June 13, 

1895. Concord, N. H. 1895. 8vo. pp. 51. 

Wakefield Souvenir of the Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Ancient Read- 
ing, May 28 and 29, 1894. Published by Chester W. and Will Everett Eaton, Wake- 
field. 1894. 4to. 

A Brief History of the Town of Unity. Written and read by Edmund Murch, at 
a meeting of Harvest Moon Grange, Thorndike, 1892. Belfast. 1895. 16mo. pp. 16. 

History of the Town of Lynnfield, Mass, 1635-1895. By Thomas B. Wellman. 
Boston. 1895. 12mo. pp. 268. 

The Early Records of the Town of Providence. Vol. IX. Being part of the Book 
of Records of Town Meetings, No. 3, 1677 to 1750, and other papers. Printed under 
authority of the City Council of Providence, by Horatio Rogers, George Moulton 
Carpenter and Edward Field, Record Commissioners. Providence. 1895. Sm. 4to. 
pp. 234. 

History of New London, Connecticut. From the first survey of the coast, in 1612, 
to 1860. By Frances Manwaring Caulkins. With memoirs of the author. New Lon- 
don. Published by H. D. Utley. 1895. 8vo. pp. xviii.-f-696. 

(Document 147, 1895.) Message of the Mayor, transmitting a communication 
from the City Registrar, giving authority for adding the names of Lieutenant Benja- 
min West and Captain William Meacham to the List of Patriots who were killed at 
the battle of Bunker Hill. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 12. 

Acts and Laws relating to the Town of Brookline, together with the Town By- 
Laws, Building Laws, Regulations of Public Library, The Water Ordinances, and 
Police Regulations. Brookline. 1894. 8vo. pp. 198-f-vii. 

Field Columbian Museum. Publication 2. Vol. I. No. 2. The Authentic Letters 
of Columbus. By William Eleroy Curtis, Honorary Curator, Department of Colum- 
bus Memorial. Chicago. 1895. 8vo. pp. 95-200. 

152 Deaths. [Jan. 

Brookline Historical Publication Society. Publication No, 2, The Sharpe Papers 
in the Brookline Public Library. No. 3, Brookline in the Revolution. No. 4, Papers 
of the White Family of Brookline, 1650-1807. 

Old Representatives' Hall. An address delivered before the Massachusetts House 
of Representatives, January 2, 1895, by Alfred Seelye Roe of Worcester. Boston. 
1895. 8vo, pp. 22. 

A History of the Emblem of the Codfish in the Hall of the House of Representa- 
tives. Compiled by a Committee of the House. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 62. 

First Annual Report of the Board of Registration in Medicine, January, 1895 
Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 82. 

Dedication of the State Library Building at Concord, N. H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1895. 
Published by Authority of the State. Concord. 1895. 8vo. pp. 180. 

The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine. 1760 to 1800. Compiled and 
edited for the Maine Geneological Society, by William D. Patterson, Wiscasset, Me. 
Portland. 1895. 8vo. pp. 12+xxi.4-368+53. 

Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the 
Rebellion. 1861-1866. Prepared and published by Authority of the Legislature. 
Concord. 1895. Large 4to. pp. xii.-f-1347. 

The War of the Rebellion. A compilation of the Official Records of the Union and 
Confederate Armies. Series I. Volume XL VI. — in three parts. Washington. 1895. 
8vo. Part II. pp. 1493. Part III. pp. 1549. 

New Brunswick. The Books and Writers of the Province. By W. G. MacFar- 
lane, A.B. St. John, N. B. 1895. 8vo. pp. 98. 

Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, for the Year 1894. 
Volume XII. General Index i. — xii. Ottawa. 1895. 4to. Various pagings. 

Leading Events of the American Revolution, Arranged by William H. Brearley. 
New York. [1895.] 32mo. pp. 32. 

Requirements for Admission to the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode 
Island and Providence Plantations. Instituted Anno Domini 1892. Sq. 24mo. pp. 42. 

Constitution and By-Laws. Society of Mayflower Descendants. New York. 1894. 
Sq. 32mo. pp. 20. 

By-Laws of Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. 
Chartered 1894. Portland. 1895. 16mo. pp. 23. 

Ruth Wyllys Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Hartford. 1894. 
8 vo. pp. 26. 

Year Book of the Society of Sons of the Revolution. 

Roll of Members of the Military Company of the Massachusetts now called The 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. With a Roster of the 
Commissioned Officers and Preachers, 1638-1894. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 148. 

Proceedings of the Worcester Society of Antiquity for the year 1894. Worcester. 
1895. 8vo. pp. 86. 

Proceedings of the Wyoming Commemorative Association on the Occasion of the 
116th Anniversary of the Battle and Massacre of Wyoming, July 5, 1894. Wilkes- 
Barre. 1895. 8vo. pp. 48. 


David Gardiner Thompson, Esq., a son from the Gardiners of the Manor of 
of the late David Thompson and Sarah Gardiner's Island. Mr. Thompson 
Diodate Gardiner, his wife, died at his graduated, B.A., from Columbia Col- 
residence in New York city from a lege, 1856, and M.A., 1860, and devoted 
stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Thompson himself to literature and study ; he 
was born in New York May 29, 1837, also had travelled extensively in Europe 
and died October 16, 1895. He was and the Orient. 

descended, on the paternal side, from The funeral took place on Friday, 

the Thompsons of Sagtikos Manor, October 18, Rev. Edward B. Coe offi- 

Long Island, and on the maternal side dating. 

Omission.— The name of the author of the Necrology of Rt. Rev. Alexander 
Gregg, D.D., on page 91, was accidentally omitted. It was written by George 
A. Gordon, A.M., and his name should be appended to the article. 

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APEIL, 1896. 


Mr. Bullock was a native of Royalston, Mass., where he was 
born March 2, 1816. His father, Hon. Rufus Bullock, a woollen 
manufacturer of that town, was a prominent citizen of that place, 
and was frequently honored with public trusts. The early educa- 
tion of the son was obtained in the public schools of his native town. 
From these he passed to the Leicester Academy, where he prepared 
for college. He entered Amherst College in 1832, and was gradu- 
ated in 1836, delivering the Salutatory Address at the commence- 
ment exercises. After graduating he taught school a short time in 
his native town and elsewhere. He entered the Law School of 
Harvard University in 1838, and studied there two years, leaving 
the institution in 1840. Hon. Joseph Story, LL.D., had then 
| been Dane Professor of Law at Harvard for nearly twenty years, 
f and the Law School was then under the able management of Prof. 
Simon Greenleaf, LL.D., and himself. When he had completed 
his studies there he entered the office of Hon. Emory Washburn of 
Worcester, afterwards distinguished as a lawyer, a judge and a 
governor. Under so able an instructor he became familiar with the 
practice of his profession. 

He was admitted to the bar of Worcester county in March, 1841, 
and immediately opened an office in the town of Worcester. In 
November, 1840, Hon. John Davis of Worcester, then a United 
States Senator, was chosen to the office of governor, a position 
which he had before held. He chose Mr. Bullock as one of his 
aids on his military staff with the rank of colonel. Gov. Davis was 
a whig in politics, and Mr. Bullock was of the same party, though 
on the dissolution of the Whig party he joined the Republicans. 
vol. l. 13a 

154 Alexander Hamilton Bullock. [April, 

The subject of this sketch soon after his admission to the bar took 
an active part in politics. He represented the town of Worcester 
in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the years 1845 
and 1847. In 1849 he was a member of the Massachusetts Senate. 

In 1859 he was chosen mayor of the city of Worcester, and 
served in that capacity very acceptably. In 1861 he was again a 
representative from Worcester in the General Court, and held the 
office till 1865. He was elected speaker of the house by a unani- 
mous vote in 1862, 1864 and 1865, and in 1863 he had all the 
votes in the house but three. His discharge of the duties in this 
position won the approval of all the parties. 

Hon. John A. Andrew, who had held the office of governor of 
Massachusetts during the whole of the civil war, decided aftos i£a 
close in 1865 to be no longer a candidate for the office, and in the 
fall of that year Mr. Bullock was chosen his successor. He served 
with ability in this office from 1866 to 1869. After a long and 
honorable service in public affairs, he now declined all further office. 
In 1879 he was offered by President Hayes the position of Minister 
to the Court of Great Britain, but even this tempting office could 
not not induce him to swerve from his resolution. Hon. Charles 
Devens says of this decision : 

It was unfortunate for Gov. Bullock's own fame, certainly, that at the 
close of his gubernatorial career, he should apparently have formed the de- 
termination to end his active connection with public life. In the possession 
of an ample fortune, he could have made without difficulty those pecuniary 
sacrifices it so often entails, and from these he certainly would not have 
shrunk. In the discussions of Congress his wor»5s could not but have been 
of the highest value. A careful student, not of our own constitutional his- 
tory only, but of the experience of other governments^ he would have 
brought to the consideration of our then deeply interesting public affairs, 
the knowledge which such an education gives, while the graceful diction 
and elegant expression in which he was capable of clothing his thoughts 
would have imparted interest to all that he uttered. His moderation and 
fairness in stating the adverse position of others, while he enforced his own, 
would have always commanded respect even when it did not carry convic- 
tion. Gov. Bullock was never placed in any position where his powers as 
a debater were fully tested. He left the active practice of the profession 
of the law very early. As a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, 
both before and after the civil war, it was so strongly controlled by the party 
to which he belonged that there was not the same opportunity for discussion 
that a more evenly divided house would have presented. # 

Mr. Bullock married August 29, 1844, Miss Elvira Hazard, 
daughter of Colonel Augustus George Hazard, of Enfield, Conn., 
founder of the extensive powder factories bearing his name. They 
had three children : one son, Col. A. G. Bullock, and two daugh- 
ters, Mrs. Nelson S. Bartlett and Mrs. William H. Workman. 

* Memoir of Alexander H. Bullock by Charles Devens. 1887. pp. 19-20. 

1896.] Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chihnark. 155 

On the 23d of August, 1865, he delivered the historical address 
at the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the incorpora- 
tion of his native town, Eoyalston, Mass., which was published in 
that year with the other literary exercises on that occasion. He 
also delivered, before the City Council and citizens of Worcester, 
June 1, 1865, an address entitled "Abraham Lincoln: the Just 
Magistrate, the Representative Statesman, and Practical Philan- 
thropist," which was printed for the city. Other public addresses 
by him were printed. In his early manhood he was a 'frequent con- 
tributor to the press, and edited The ^Egis, a Worcester news- 
paper from 1848 to 1850. 

He received the honorary degree of LL.D., from Amherst Col- 
lege, in 1865, and the same degree from Harvard University, in 
1866. Of his alma mater he was a trustee for thirty years, from 
1852 to 1882. 

Besides the offices already named, he was Commissioner of In- 
solvency from 1853 to 1856, and Judge of the Court of Insolvency 
from 1856 to 1858. 

We will close with another brief extract from Judge Devens's 
memoir : 

In the daily concerns of the community in which he dwelt, Governor 
Bullock took, always, a strong interest. He was a good citizen, neighbor, 
and friend. He was ready to accept those offices of trust which the general 
public welfare requires to be discharged by men of judgement, and men of 
means who can have no ulterior object in the management of pecuniary 
affairs. It would be tedious to recount the number of those that were im- 
posed upon him, the duties of which were faithfully and conscientiously 
discharged. While his lofty personal character inspired the profoundest 
respect, his gracious demeanor rendered him easily approachable by all. 
His politeness sprang from a good heart and a genuine, kindly feeling, and 
those in trouble found in him always a safe and consoling adviser. Of an 
affectionate nature, those widely separated from him in talent, ability, or 
worldly position could come to him, always sure of sweet and generous 
human sympathy.* 

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, 1689-1746. 

Contributed by Dr. Charles E. Banks, U. S. Marine Hospital Service, Washington, D. C. 
[Concluded from Volume xlix., page 416.] 

May 18, 1718. * * * After sermon I baptized a child of Mr Ex- 
perience Mayhew called Zachariah 

June 8, 1718. * * * Mrs Abigail Smith departed this life last 
night about 9 of the clock. She was a peaceable, prudent, pious woman. 
* # * • On Tuesday last in the afternoon she had a fever with a pain in 

* Memoir of Bullock, pp. 21-2. 

156 Diary of Rev, William Homes of Chilmarlc. [April, 

her head, Shortness of breath, with a great defluction yet though she had a 
small cough she raised nothing. I visited her Friday and Saturday. She 
seemed to have a good hope and well grounded of her future well being. 

June 9, 1718. This day being Munday I attended the funeral of Mrs 
Abigail Smith, wife of Mr Shubael Smith of Chilmark. 

June 15, 1718. Capt Zaccheus Mayhew and his wife were propounded 
to the church this day 

June 29. 1718. * * * After sermon I baptized a child of Mr John 
Mayhew called Zilpha 

July 6. 1718. * * * After sermon we received into the church of 
Christ Capt Zaccheus Mayhew and his wife. 

July 13. 1718. * * * After sermon I baptized Capt Zacheus three 
children viz : Susanna Lucy and Elizabeth. 

August 10. 1718. * * * Mrs Mary Allen was received into the 
church this day 

August 15. 1718. # # * This day about two of the clock after noon 
several children particularly Ben: Ward and Thomas Allen having got a 
shot gun and some powder were diverting themselves near John Allen's 
barn, where were a considerable quantity of English grain and hay, some 
in the barn and some near it in stacks. Ben : Ward having a brand of fire 
in his hand, seeing his uncle Capt n Mayhew riding by to sermon, threw the 
brand out of his hands> that his uncle might not see it. It chanced to fall 
near some English grain, which presently took fire, and consumed the barn 
and all the English grain to ashes in a very short time. All or most of the 
men in town presently came with an intent to extinguish the flames, but 
they did not effect anything. 

7ber 7th 1718. * * * I heard some days ago that John M c Lelland 
son to James M°Lelland being engaged in a fishing designe, under took to 
wade over a creek at Sandy Point where the vessel wherein he was was 
riding at an anchor, and the day being foggy, he perished in the waters 

8ber 19. 1718. On Monday last the house of Mr Zephaniah Mayhew 
was burnt to the ground by an accidental fire and much of his household 
stuff and wearing clothes were consumed in the flames. On Thursday 
James M c Lelland came here to look after his sons effects and went last 
week to Nantucket on that designe 

9ber 9. 1718. # # * After sermon I baptized two children of Jus- 
tice Allen, viz : Joseph and Benjamin. They were born on Monday morn- 
ing at one o'clock 

Dec. 16. 1718. This evening about 8 of the clock. Capt Zaccheus 
Mayhew his barn catched fire. How is not certainly known, and burned 
down to the ground, together with all his hay, except one load. 

Febru. 15. 17^-f. * * * After sermon Mrs Bethia Clarke was re- 
ceived into the church. 

Feb. 22. 17-J|. * * * Mrs Bethia Clarke was baptized after ser- 

March 1. 17^-f. * * # Capt Zaccheus Mayhew had a child bap- 
tized this day called Sarah 

March 15. 17||. * * * Poor Mrs Skiffe is and hath been for sev- 
eral days past in a despairing condition. 

March 22. 17|f. * * # Afternoon Mr Experience Mayhew 
preached from Cant. 1. 2. The sermon was well compressed but he was 
at some loss in reading of it. 

Son John came home to see us yesternight 

1896.] Diary of Rev . William Homes of Chilmarlc . 157 

April 12. 17-j-f. * * * After sermon I baptized a grandson called 
William Allen. 

Apl. 19. 17-J-8. * * * I baptized a child of Zeph h Mayhew called 

May 31. 1719. Deacon [James] Skiffe and his daughter were at sermon 
to day. I mean his daughter [Hannah] Daggett, [wife of Jacob], and 
another stranger. 

June 21. 1719. Mr Experience Mayhew preached afternoon from Cant. 
1. 3. The matter of the discourse was not despisable but his delivery was 
flat and dull. 

July 5. 1719. * * # After sermon I baptized William Hunts first 
born child called Abia 

Sept. 11. 1719. Mary Steel had a child baptized called Martha. 

9ber. 29. 1719. I baptized a child this day to Simon Mayhew called 

Jany. 10. 17^-g-. The week past hath been very cold especially Thurs- 
day last. Mr Bryce Blair by a fall yesterday in the evening broke his left 
arm above the elbow. 

March 13. 17J§. On Wed. last Sam : Barrett was wonderfully saved 
from drowning, for working upon a whale he was struck overboard by her 
and fell upon the whale, and his feet were entangled in the warp, so that 
she carryed him under water, and held him there for some time, but he got 
himself free from the warp, and some in the boat throwing him an oar he 
escaped the danger and received no considerable hurt. 

April 10. 1720. Old Mrs Tilton was taken ill on Friday morning last 
with a convulsion of the nerves, and a dead pulse, and on Saturday even- 
ing she became speechless, and seems now to be near her end. 

April 17. 1720. Mrs Tilton departed this life Munday last about one in 
the morning. * * # Old Mrs Allen is become very fraile. and is ap- 
prehendsive that the time of her departure out of this world draws near. 

May 1. 1720. * * * Between Thursday and Friday last week died 
Matthew Mayhew of Edgartown eldest son of Matthew Mayhew Esq 1- of 
the same town deceased. A son also of Justice Norton died the same 

May 8. 1720. * # # Mrs Hunt sen r departed this life yesterday 
about five of the clock afternoon and was burryed this evening. 

June 5. 1720. # # * Mrs Jane Hunt was received into the church 
this day. 

July 10. 1720. * * * M. r Benjamin Smith of Edgartown died last 
week. He died suddenly July 4. 1720, being a Munday. 

7ber 4. 1720. * # # Our house was raised on Tuesday of this week 
being the 6 th day. 

7ber 11. 1720. # # # I married Jethro Athearn and Mary Mayhew 
on Thursday last being y e 8 th day. 

9ber 13. 1720. Capt Mayhew's son Nathaniel died this morning. 

Xber 25. 1720. # * * Our people here, some of them, brought a 
drift whale ashore at Squibnocket on friday and cut her up on Saturday. 

July 23. 1721. # # * Justice Allen had a daughter born yesterday 
about half an hour afternoon and baptized today called Rebekah. 

Xber 3. 1721. # * * The small pox 1 hear prevails at Sandwich. 

Xber 10. 1721. Mr Clark had a child baptized today called Mary. 

Jan. 26, 17f J-. Thomas Chase died friday the 22 d of December last. 

158 Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chilmark. [April, 

Feby 25. 17§j-. On friday morning last died Samuel Tilton son to Will: 
Tilton, and this morning died Moses Allen, both of this town. 

Mch 4. 17f^. On friday last between five and six afternoon died Mrs 
Mavhew spouse to Mr Experience Mayhew. 

March 18. 17§-i. * * * I understand that Shubael Cottle of [Cape 
pogue ?] departed this life on thursday night last. He was a young man, 
son to James Cottle. He died of a distemper that has afflicted several 
people last winter and this spring, and hath carreed off several persons. 

May 27. 1722. Mrs Mary Allen departed this life last Lords day about 
7 of the clock afternoon and was buryed the evening of next day. She 
was a pious virtuous gentlewoman. 

July 8. 1722. Poor Mrs Bassett is exceedingly tossed and harassed by 
grievous temptation, Satan taking advantage of the distemper of her body. 

July 15. 1722. Poor Mrs Bassett continues still under great uneasiness 
by reason of the disquietment of her mind, occasioned by a melancholy 
which hath prevailed upon her gradually since the beginning of winter. 

August 12. 1722. * * * Old Mrs Allen died Tuesday last being 
the 7th inst about 10 at night. 

8ber 28. 1722. I had a letter from son John dated 7ber 29 wherein he 
writes that on the 20 th day of said month James Steel fell overboard and 
was drowned. 

March 31. 1723. * * # I had an account that Mr Newcomb died 
lately, he was taken suddenly while was in the cellar drawing molasses, 
either with an apoplectic fit or a lethargy. 

April 7. 1723. Mr Little of Old town died lately 

April 21. 1723. Mrs Mayhew of old town widow of Matthew Mayhew 
deceased died on Wednesday last 

May 19. 1723. * * * I baptized a child of Capt n Mayhew called 
Zaccheus, this day. I have been informed that this is a sickly mortal time 
in Newbury, Rowley and Marblehead. 

May 26. 1723. I have heard that Mr Medcalfe minister of Saccones- 
sett departed this life on Friday last. He sickened as I am told on Mon- 
day and died on friday. He was a young man. Left behind 8 children 
and perhaps no very plentiful estate to support them. He was a man, it is 
said of considerable worth. 

August 18. 1723. * # * I baptized a child of William Hunts called 

August 25. 1723. I was credibly informed that Andrew Stratton was 
drowned some time ago at Canso. 

1723. 8ber 27. * * * This night about 10 of the clock Thomas 
Blair departed this life. He had gone some time ago to the Jarsies and 
came home with a fever and ague upon him. 

8ber 8. 1723. * * * Mrs Bacon died on Thursday last and Mr 
Torrey on Saturday morning, her distemper was a consumption. Mr Tor- 
rey had been for some time under a bad habit of body. About a month 
agoe he was taken sick with the jaundice and voiding of blood from all the 
passages of his body, as I have been told, and then he was taken with a 
dropsie and flux. It was said that of late he had drunk too freely and too 
frequently of spirits. He was buryed on the evening of y e Lords day. He 
was pastor of the church of Tisbury, had been a preacher about 20 years 
and died in y e 43 (1 year of his age. 

Feby 14. 17ff being friday about J an hour after 2 afternoon, James 
Allen departed this life. His distemper was a putrid fever with cough. 

1896.] Diary of Rev . William Homes of Chilmark . 159 

He died the 26 th day of his sickness. He was a pious sober man, and one 
of a publick spirit, well esteemed by his neighbours. He was buryed on 
Saturday about 5 afternoon. 

June 7. 1724. * * * Mr James Skiffe died yesterday afternoon. 

June 14. 1724. * * # I understand that Mr Worth departed this 
life this morning and that there was an Indian killed at Menamsha yester- 

June 21. 1724. * * * Mrs Skiffe, spouse to Mr Nathan Skiffe de- 
parted this life on Friday last about noon. 

July 12. 1724. * * * On friday last we raised our new meeting 
house. Gershom Cathcart, a young man belonging to New town fell from 
the third story, and was very much bruised. His recovery is uncertain 
[his] reason seems not to be impaired by his fall. Lord make the provi- 
dence a wakening to others! 

August 23. 1724. * * * I took occasion to reprove some young 
folk publickly for their irreverent and profane deportment in the time of 
Gods publick worship 

August 30. 1724. * * * After sermon we received Jabez Athearn 
into the church and baptized him. 

7ber 13. 1724. * * * Mr Clark had a child baptized today called 

7ber 20. 1724. My daughter Allen was delivered of a daughter Thurs- 
day last about one afternoon, being the 17 th day of the month. 

7ber 27. 1724. * * * This day my two daughters Agnes and Eliz- 
abeth were received into the church 

8ber 4. 1724. I had an account today that John Manter's wife of New 
town departed this life yesterday 

8ber 25. 1724. * * * I am informed that 7 Indians belonging to 
Gay Head coming from Rhod Island home in a whale boat were all lost, 
as is generally thought. It is said they were in drink when they went on 

Jan : 10. 17ff. * * # Last Monday son Allen carry ed two men 
prisoners to Boston, viz : Cap t Lane and Mr M c Gowan: 

May 30. 1725. # * * Yesterday William Case of Tisbury, weaver, 
departed this life. He was a man between 30 and 40 years of age as I 

June 27. 1725. * # # James Hamilton's wife of Old town died 
Thursday night last. 

8ber 31. 1725. * # * I understand that Jonathan Hillmans child 
died suddenly last night. 

Xber 5. 1725. * # * Last week a sloop came ashore on the south 
side of the island, the men and cargo were saved, the master having been 
long sick died Friday night last and was buryed this day. His name was 
Cash, the sloop belonged to Rhod Island. 

Feb. 6. 17|f. * # * Mrs Chipman departed this life last Saturday 
night, about midnight. She died in Dartmouth at Capt Popes. She was 
a pious good woman and died well, with a rational assurance of her future 
well being. She had long been in a languishing condition. She went in 
the fall to visit Capt n Pope and sickened there. She was buryed the Tues- 
day following in Dartmouth. 

Feb. 13. 17f|. On Wednesday morning last, being the 9 th instant Mr 
Nathan Skiffe departed this life. He was, I hope, a good man and died 
well. He had been some months in a languishing condition and died in the 
68 th year of his age. 

160 Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chilmarh. [April, 

March 13. 17§J. * * * The snow which has continued for most 
part since some time in November is now almost gone. 

May 1. 1726. * * * Baptized a child of Mr Clarks this after noon 
called Jane. 

May 8. 1726. On Monday last, in the evening, a child of widow Blairs 
of this town called Susanna dropt into a tanpit near her own house, but 
was taken out alive yet died about ten of the clock that night and was 
buryed next day. 

June 8. 1726. * * # Baptized four children one to Jabez Athearn 
named Abigail, one to Hammet, named Abigail, one to John Cottle called 
Elizabeth, and one to Israel Butler named Nathaniel. 

July 10. 1126. * # * I baptized two children to William Hunt, 
born some time ago, called Hanna and Sarah. 

August 7. 1726. * * * I baptized a child belong to Mr Barnabas 
Taylor called Nathaniel. 

August 14. 1726. * * # daughter Allen had a young child buryed 
on Saturday last. 

August 28. 1726. * * * On Thursday last Capt Thomas Daggett 
of Old town departed this life. He had been ill several weeks. He was 
a peaceable man and well iuclined and of good understanding. 

Jany 8. 17ff . Last night before sundown Old William Hunt departed 
this life, he was a man of good age, had been long fraile. He died sud- 
denly, none of his family knowing when he died. [Aged about 73 years, 
grave stone] 

Jany 15. 17§~f-. * * * I heard that Mrs Ward mother to Capt 
Mayhews wife died lately, and a daughter of Captain Daggett. 

March 19. 17§f-. * * * Joseph Allen hath been for some time in a 
dangerous condition thro' vomiting etc 

March 26. 1727. Mr Joseph Allen of Tisbury departed this life Mun- 
day night last. The distemper that carryed him off seems to have been the 
iliac passion ; he continued ill several days, was much out of his head at 
times, continued vomiting. He was a man of about 60 years of age, of 
good understanding, peaceable and industrious. I do not remember to have 
heard any evil report of him. 

April 2. 1727. On Friday last one Thomas Lues of Tisbury helping to 
get off a vessel that had been forced on shore by a late storm, the pries not 
being well fixed, came down on his head, bruised his skull very much so 
that his recovery is despaired of by many. I am informed that the said 
Thomas Lewes departed this life Saturday night last. He was a poor man, 
and left a numerous family of small children behind him, and his wife a 
poor helpless woman. 

May 7. 1727. * * * I understand that Hester Cottle departed this 
life lately. 

June 11. 1727. * * * Samuel Hillman departed this life this morn- 
ing, as I am informed. He was a church member, but became slack and 
negligent in his attending upon publick ordinances some time before his 

June 18. 1727. Bethia and Mary Hillman departed this life June 21. 
1727 in the afternoon. They died almost at one time and were burried to- 
gether. Their distemper was a pleurisy fever. 

July 23. 1727. * * * Mr Handcock is to be ordained pastor of the 
church in Tisbury on Wednesday next. 

1896.] Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chilmarh. 161 

July 30 1727. Being Lords day Mr Handcock preached both before and 
afternoon from James 2. 23 And he was called the friend of God: the 
discourse was not very animate yet hope it may be useful. Lord follow 
thy word and ordinances with a blessing. The day was fair clear and hot. 
On Wednesday last, being the 26th instant, Mr. Handcock was ordained 
Pastor of the Church in Tisbury. I preached the ordination sermon and 
Mr Russell and I imposed hands on him, for there was none other minis- 
ter there. Mr Russell made the first prayer and I gave the Charge and 
made the second prayer, and Mr Russell gave him the right hand of fel- 

August 27. 1727. We had an account last week that King George died 
June 11th last past in Germany on his journey to Hanover, and that his 
son the prince of Wales was proclaimed King under the title of George 2. 

7ber 10 1727. * * * Last friday morning Joseph Smith departed 
this life. He was a sober temporate Indian a young man about 26 years 
of age: he was so well as to be at meeting last Lords day. 

Oct 15. 1727. Sam: Merry departed this life on Munday last was buried 
on Tuesday. Son John and Betty returned home Thursday last from 
Rhod Island. 

October 22. 1727. * * # I heard the melancholy news of son 
Roberts death, but had no account of the circumstances of it. 

9ber 5. 1727. Last Lords day, in the afternoon, about 1 1 of the clock 
we had a shock of an earthquake, that continued above a minute : it was 
considerably great, but seemed to be greater in some places than others, 
whether it hath been felt all the country over or not I have not yet heard. 

9ber 12. 1727. I understand that the earthquake was much more severe 
easterly than in these parts. 

9ber 19. 1727. This morning between eight and nine of the clock my 
daughter Jane was safely delivered of a daughter. 

9ber 25, 1727. I baptized a grandchild of mine this day called Kathren 
daughter to Silvanus Allen. 

Xber 31. 1727. We had a public fast on Wednesday last on account of 
y e earthquake. 

Jany 21. 17§|-. I heard today that Peter Rea died at Old town last 
week, he was formerly an inhabitant there, but had removed to Boston some 
time before he died. 

Feb 25. 17f |. I have heard that Thomas Weste died lately at Rhod 
Island. He had some time ago undertaken to pilot a vessel to Boston and 
was forced off the coast by a storm and driven to Martinico, and either by 
the fatigue of the voyage or by some distemper contracted in that island he 
was brought very low before he arrived at Rhod Island, and not long after 
he came on shore he died. His friends concluded he had been lost in the 
storm. I have also good intelligence that Dr Cotton Mather of Boston 
departed this life on Tuesday the 13th instant between 8 and 9 of the clock 
before noon, and was buried the 19th day. He was a man of superior 
parts and learning. He was when he died 65 years of age and some hours. 
The Lord prepare me for my great change. 

March 10. 17f|. On Wednesday last John Skiffe and Mr John Mills 
departed this life: the former about five after noon and the other about 
ten. John Skiffe was a young man about 23 years of age, son to Nathan 
SkifFe, late of this town : the other was born in England, but had lived in 
this town several years, and marryed above a year ago a daughter of Mr 
James Allen late of this town, but after marriage removed to Newtown and 
died there : he followed merchandizing 

162 Diary of Rev, William Homes of Chilmark. [April, 

March 31. 1728. About three of the clock on Thursday morning, John 
Clifford a young man belonging to this town, departed this life, and it is 
said he died well. He died at Mr Cobbs of Newtown. I understand that 
John Campbell Esq r of Boston died the fourth of this month. 

April 7. 1728. My daughter Margaret was safely delivered of a daugh- 
ter Wednesday last, being the third day of the mouth, between 9 and 10 of 
the clock before noon. 

April 21. 1728. John Hillman Jun r died last Tuesday between nine and 
ten at night. His distemper was a malignant fever. He was often delirious. 
He died the eighth day of his sickness. 

April 28. 1728. About one of the clock this morning Daniel Luke a 
young man, who was apprentice to Mr Bassett departed this life. He was 
out of his head most part of the time of his sickness : his distemper was a 
malignant fever. 

May 19. 1728. On Munday last being y e 13th instant Jacob Robinson 
of Newtown departed this life. 

June 2, 1728. I heard today that Isaac Robinson of Newton departed 
this life last evening. He was a man of an inoffensive conversation * * 
* * There were 18 days between the death of the two brothers, viz 
Jacob and Isaac Robinson. 

July 7. 1728. We appointed Wednesday last to be observed as a pub- 
lick fast, but we had a plentiful rain on Tuesday, which occasioned our 
changing the fast into a thanksgiving. 

August 11. 1728. I heard that old Mr Newcome of Old town died 

8ber 17. 1728. I was informed that John Smith of Edgartown departed 
this life yesterday morning. 

9ber 3 1728. I had a letter Saturday last from Mr Nathan Bassett 
informing that his brother Barachiah died lately in South Carolina. 

Xber 29. 1728. I am informed that Justice Parker of Barnstable de- 
parted this life some day last week. 

Jany 5. 17§§. I was informed last week that Mrs Harlock and Joseph 
Norton's wife died lately, both of them belonged to the Old town and had 
been long indisposed. 

Jany 26. 17ff. Mr Draper of Boston died lately: he was a pious under- 
standing man, and well stricken in years. 

June 8. 1729. I baptized a negro of Capt n Mayhew called Ceasar this 

July 6. 1729. I was informed this day that Rev d Mr Cotton departed 
this life last week ; he was minister of a church in Bristol : he was at the 
council in Sandwich that met the 18 th of June last. On Saturday follow- 
ing as I was told, he was somewhat disordered in mind. On the Lords 
day his disorder increased upon him, yet he did attend the publick worship 
of God very composedly, and did preach to a considerable number of per- 
sons: in the evening on Munday his disorder increased so that all were 
sensible of it, and so it continued to do on Tuesday and W ednesday. He 
died July 3 d about 2 P. M. 

July 13. 1729. Ichabod Allen's wife departed this life about midnight, 
between the 16 th and 17 th day of this month. She had been long in lan- 
guishing circumstances, being a consumptive. She seemed to be pious and 
orderly in her conversation. 

August 24, 1729. I understand that the poor in Ireland are in great 
distress thro' a famine of bread. Since, by a letter from daughter Betty 

1896.] Diary of Rev, William Homes of Chilmark. 163 

we have the news of Abra Homes death confirmed. She died the third of 
this month. [She was daughter of William Homes of Boston, and grand- 
daughter of the diarist]. 

August 31. 1729. I understand that it is a sickly time in Boston, but 
the sickness not very mortal. 

October 5, 1729. Old Mrs Russell of Barnstable departed this life last 
Lords day after a short illness. She was a daughter of Rev d Mr Moody, 
and widow to the Rev d Mr Russell. She was a discreet pious gentlewoman. 
She died aged about 67 years. 

8ber 26, 1729. I was informed today that Ben. Hillmans eldest son was 
lately dead, and that Sarah Hillman is dangerously ill. 

9ber 23, 1729. I baptized today a child of Capt n Mayhew's called 

Xber 7, 1729. I baptized a child of Silvanus Aliens named Mary 

Xber 21. 1729. I understand that Mr Taylor is to be ordained pastor 
of a church in Bristol Wednesday night. 

Jany 4, 17f %. I baptized a child of Mr Adams this day called Mayhew. 

Jany 11, 17|f. I understand that Judge Sewall died lately in Boston, 
viz: on the 3 d day of the month in y e 78 th year of his age. On the eighth 
day of this month, about 3 in the morning Mrs Relyance Adams of this 
town departed this life. She was lately safely delivered of a child, but was 
soon after taken with a fever which carryed her off. She was a pious pru- 
dent woman of blameless conversation. 

Jany 25, 17|§. I am informed that the Rev d Mr Samuel Hunt pastor 
of a church in Dartmouth departed this life on Wednesday last which was 
the 21 st instant and was buried on the Friday following. 

Feby 8, 17|§. I am informed that Joseph Russells wife of Barnstable 
died lately in child-bed. 

April 2. 1730. I have heard that the small pox prevails much in Boston. 
They have gone very much into the practice of communicating the distemper 
by inoculation, and many of those that take it, both in the natural way and 
by inoculation die. 

May 17. 1730. I baptized this day a grandson called John Allen. 

May 24. 1730. Mr Presbury of Old town died last Lords Day, and a 
child of William Hunts on Tuesday last. 

June 14, 1730. I had an account by letters from good hands last week 
that my son in law Joshua Allen departed this life at Medfield the 30 th day 
of May. His distemper was the small pox. 

8ber 25, 1730. I have heard that it is a sickly time on the Mainland in 
several places. 

July 12. 1731. Pam Mayhew Jr was drowned near the West Chop of 
Holmes Hole. He had been to Nantucket and was coming home and 
being steering the whale boat, the strap broke and he went overboard and 
was lost. It was in the evening. His corps came on Shore July 22 toward 
night at Gay Head, and he was buried the next day towards night in the 
burying place in Chilmark. My daughter Betty Hutchinson set out on her 
journey to Holmeshole with designe to take passage for Boston and from 
thence to Pennsylvania on Wednesday August 25, 1731. 

7ber 6 1731. I am informed that the day abovesaid four men viz : Mr 
Taylor Mr Mood. Russell, John Sturges and the mentioned above called 
called also John Sturges [of Barnstable] took a whaleboat and went over 
to a point of land with a designe to kill some small birds, where they stayed 
so long that the tide left their boat dry, which they went about to carry to 

164 Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chilmarh. [April, 

place where it might swim, but this Sturges complained that it was too 
heavy for him, so that he would not help to carry it any further and so left 
them, as they thought he intended to go to a place where they behooved to 
come after they got off the boat in their passage home, but he continued to 
move towards the sloop till he was drowned. 

November 29, 1731. About midnight Mr. Samuel Tilton departed this 
life in the 94 th year of his age: he was a man of good understanding, was 
an antipedobaptist in his judgment, but pious and regular in his conversa- 
tion. He was against swearing and usery. 

I was informed 9ber 9 1733 that John Cunningham of Edgar-Town died 
there yesterday somewhat suddenly and much out of his head. 

Rachel Lumbert wife to Jonathan Lumbart the thirteenth day of Febru- 
ary 17-|J about 8 at night, being in her ordinary health she went up stairs 
in her own house and dropt down in an apoplectic fit, and never spake. She 
continued till 2 of the clock afternoon of the next day, being the 14 th day. 

July 9 [1737] and the night after it, we had excessive rains which raised 
the rivers upon this island to such a degree that the dams of the water mills 
were carryed away by them, and the mowing ground near the rivers was 
very much damnified, to the great loss of several of the inhabitants. 

August 11, 1737. The sky towards the N. and N.W. appeared with an 
unusual redness, which continued for some time extending itself more and 
more easterly. About 11 the red was mixed with white streaks that were 
very luminous, being broad below and gradual growing narrower till they 
ended in a point. About midnight there appeared a bow reaching from 
east to west in the form of a rainbow, only there was no diversity of colors, 
the whole bow was luminous so that the air was lighter than it is at full 
moon, tho' it was 2 or 3 days before the change [of] the moon. It did 
rather resemble day light before the sun rises than moonlight. 

Xber 7, 1737. About 10 at night there was felt by several persons on 
the island, Martha's Vineyard, the shock of an earthquake. 

Xber 13. 1737. About 5 weeks ago there came a vessel to the old town 
from Philadelphia that had the small pox on board and several persons 
there were infected with the distemper, of which I was informed that Doct 
Mathuzf?] died of it yesterday morning and Ezra Covel died last night. 
There have died of the same distemper five grown persons, in all seven 
grown persons, and several are sick of it there. 

Xber 26. 1737. Some affirm that they felt the shock of an earth quake 
about 12 at night Xber 30. Last night David Dunham's wife died of small 
pox, as I am informed. 

Jany 6. [17-JJJ. I am informed that Samuel Smith of old town died 
Saturday night last of the small pox. 

Jany 10. 173J. I understand that Mrs Pease and a mulatto woman in 
the old town lately died of the small pox. A considerable shock of an 
earth quake was felt by some Jany 2. 173J about midnight. 

I am informed Jany 13 that there have been 35 persons sick of the small 
pox this season in Edgartown, ont of which number 14 have died. By the 
best information I can get concerning the way and manner how the people 
in Edgartown were taken with the small pox the last fall, it was as fol- 
loweth: Several persons belonging to the town were in Mr Hamiltons 
that kept a tavern the 18 th of 9ber last; there was nobody sick of that 
distemper in that family: there was indeed a vessel in the harbour that had 
the small pox on board, but none of them that were sick lodged on shore : 

1896.] Diary of Rev. William Homes of Chilmark. 165 

those who took the distemper were all taken in one day. None of those 
that were in Hamiltons the clay before nor afterward were infected. 

November 21. 1738. There came a ship ashore on the South side of 
this island, belonging to New York. She came last from Jamaica: the lad- 
ing and mens lives were saved, but it is supposed the ship cannot be got off 

The 27 th day of February 173| I was informed that a flash of lightning 
we had the 25 th day fell upon a house in Edgartown belonging to this 
island, where one Abram Ripley dwelt, and damaged it : yet none of the 
inhabitants were killed by it. 

March 4. 17-|§. I was informed that Abigail Skiffe departed this life 
this morning. She had long languished under a consumption. 

July 13. 1740. While I was at prayer in the morning I fainted away in 
the pulpit and fell down, so that I was rendered incapable of performing 
any further publick service that day, for which I desire to be deeply hum- 
bled. [This note conveys the premonitory sign of a failure in health from 
which he never entirely recovered, and accounts for the paucity of entries 
in his diary, of a public interest, from the date until his death, six years 

August 3, 1740. My granddaughter Kath: Smith hath been sick the 
most part of last week and continues so still. 

1740 August 10. After sermon, Tim: Mayhew and wife were received 
into the church and she and the four children were baptized, viz : Reliance, 
Rachel, Hannah and Bathshebah. The first that was seized with that called 
the throat distemper in this town was Susan Allen ; the next was Abigail 
Hillman, both these died. The next Katharine Smith, she also died. Next 
Mrs Little, she is in a fair way of recovery. Next Sam : Bassett's daugh- 
ter, she also is in a hopeful way : next Bethia Clark and my grand daughter 
Mary Allen 

August 17. 1740. After sermon received into communion of the church 
Josiah Crocker and Jonathan Mayhew. 

August 24. 1740. After sermon Jane Hunt was received into the church 
as a member in full communion. 

7ber 7. 1740. A child of Gunino Finla, of about 9 years of age died 
on Friday last of throat distemper, and three in my son Sylvanus Allen's 
family are under the distemper. 

7ber 14. 1740. John Bassett and his wife were received into the church 
and their two children baptized, viz. Elizabeth and Ruth. 

7ber 15. 1740. I had the uncomfortable news that my grandson Wil- 
liam Daggett departed this life the day before. 

7ber 17. 1740. Was observed through the island as a day of fasting and 
prayer to beg mercy of God that the distemper that has prevailed among 
us for some time might be removed and health restored*. ... A 
child of Zach : Hatch died of the throat distemper this night. 

7ber 28 1740. At 5 o'clock on Thursday morning in this week my 
grandson Eleazer Allen departed this life. 

* This was an epidemic disease, known then as the " throat distemper," probably diph- 
theria, which broke out at Kingston, N. H., in the Spring of 1735 and gradually spread 
over New England during the next few years and later extended over all the colonies. 
The disease was very fatal and several thousand deaths of young people in New England 
are chargeable to its ravages. It lingered for several years, and the appearance of it on 
the Vineyard in 1740 may be traced to the general dissemination of the contagion over 
the New England colonies by that time. c. e. b. 

166 Diary of Rev, William Homes of Chilmarh. [April, 

8ber 19. 1740. After sermon William Bassett and his wife, Abigail 
Allen and Hannah Clark were received into the church and Mrs Bassett and 
her six children were baptized, viz : Nathaniel, Barachiah, Nathan, Anna 
and Susanna. 

9ber 2. 1740. Received into the church Ruth Mayhew and Susanna 
Hatch and baptized a child of the Rev. Mr. Taylor, called Eleazer and 
another of John Tiltons called Mary 

9ber 16. 1740. After sermon Zephaniah Mayhew and his wife were 
received into the church and their two children viz Jehoiadah and Lucinda 
were baptized and a child of Ja s Foster called Hanna was baptized also. 

9ber 23. 1740. Received into the church Rebecca Allen in full com- 

Feby 22. 17 J- J. This day Mr. Sam 1 Allen and his daughter Mariah were 
received into the church as members in full communion. 

March 15. 174J. Mary Mayhew was received into the church. 

March 22 174 J. Jedidah Allen was received into the church and was 

April 5, 1741. This day Shubal Hawes was propounded to the church. 

May 2. 1741. This day Mrs. Abigail Pees departed this life in the 80 
year of her age. She was of a quiet inoffensive deportment. She died 
about 12 o'clock this day. 

7ber 6, 1741. We had this summer a drought that hurt both the grass 
and the Indian corn very much. This was accompanied with an unusual 
number of grasshoppers that devoured both grass and corn. 

9ber 12. 1741. We had a general Thanksgiving appointed by our 
Governour, William Shirley Esq r . 

August 15. 1742. This morning Mrs Gold had withdrawn herself to 
some obscure place which put the family into disorder. 

7ber 12. 1742. I baptized a child of Mr Taylors to-day called Eliza- 

Oct. 19. 1742. About three afternoon the chimney in the room where I 
commonly stay catched fire, and being very foul, burned very fiercely, which 
put the whole house in no small danger. It continued to burn till within 
the night. It was a day time and the wind very high, yet through the 
mercy of God we received no great damage, only the mantle tree catched 
fire and is part damnified. Several of our neighbors came to our assistance 
seasonably. I desire to bless God for our preservation. 

June 19. 1743. I went to the place of Gods public worship as usual, 
but was so faint that I fainted away in the time of the first prayer, and was 
carried home by my friends. I found myself very ill all morning and the 
most of the preceding week. About 3 years before I had such a fit in the 
pulpit and in the time of prayer too. Lord prepare me for my great 

April 29. 1744. I received into the church Jonathan Hillman and his 
wife and baptized them and their children, and a child of John Cottles. 

[The remainder of the diary, until June 22, 1746, when the last entry 
was made, is entirely composed of notes of the Sunday services; the name 
of the preacher who occupied his pulpit, for he was too feeble to continue 
work after the above entry was made, and the texts chosen by the preachers, 
usually followed by some pious ejaculation. As stated in the first install- 
ment the diarest died June 20, 1746. c. e. b.J 

1896.] Fort at Great Island. 167 


(New Castle, New Hampshire.) 
[Communicated by Frank W. Hackett, a.m., of New Castle, N.H.] 

The following depositions, with others in Walton's suit, are to 
be found in Provincial Court Records (1659-1672) page 341, Rock- 
ingham County Records. See Farmer's Belknap, page 62. " Dor- 
mon Doseagh" is sometimes Dormont Usher, and occasionally 
"Derment O'Shaw." It finally settles down into the name of 
"Derment Shaw." In laying out land on Great Island, as appears 
from the early town records of Portsmouth, a not infrequent reference 
is made to " Dorman's fence," as a division line. Shaw's Bridge and 
Shaw's Field are employed down to a late day to designate the 
locality of the land originally granted to "Dermont Usher." Town 
Records, 53 (1664). Rockingham Deeds, Lib. 325, fol. 145 

I think these depositions have never been printed. The first is 
particularly valuable as showing the size of the early fort, the site 
being included within the present limits of Fort Constitution, Ports- 
mouth harbor. 

The deposition of Thomas Roberts aged thirty three yeares or thereabouts 
testifieth that about eighteen or nineteen yeares or thereabout last past he 
then being serv 1 to George Walton he helped to plant and cleare the fort 
poynt and likewise to plant and fence it which fence ran from An oke tree 
now standinge Right to ye sea hard by the wind mill : the point then was 
faer growne with wood which he likewise help to cutt Downe And cleere 
the fort then soe called was a kinde of rock Lyinge to the outt most poynt 
Toward Capt: Champernoons Island which fort was a kind of platforme 
made with Trees or the Like which contained about two or three Rod 
Square : Lykewise that my master Walton did quietly posses and Inioy the 
saied poynt a the Tyme he was his sev* Theire which was About five yeares 
And further saith nott This to the best of his knowledge. 
Depo in Court of Associates ye 30 March : 69 

Elias Stileman cler. 

Dorman Doseagh aged sixtie or thereabouts testifieth that about fifteen 
yeares last past he then being servant to George Walton saith that ye said 
Walton had then And did quietly possess ye fort poynt and likewise did digg 
a seller and erect a house about eight yeares since upon ye said poynt with 
oute ye lett forbidence or denial of any person whatsoever. And never was 
for biden untill such tyme ye late forte began to be built: the above said 
land or part of ye poynte was fenced by the said Walton : from an oke tree 
with mortice holes which is now standinge which fence ran over the said 
poynt to the sea to ye South west side of the wind mill This to the best 
of his knowledge 

Depo: 30 March 1669 in Court of Assembly 

Elias Stileman cler 

168 A. Dorchester Deed. [April, 


By Edward S. Holden, LL.D., Director of Lick Observatory. 

The following extracts from a deed in my possession may have some 
interest to Dorchester people on account of the spelling of proper names, 
etc. It is otherwise interesting as showing that in 1753 the had not fully 
conquered the older form ye in the writing of educated men. Both forms 
occur in this deed, sometimes in the same handwriting. 

To all Christian People John Holbrook of Dorchester, 

Gentleman, sends Greeting Know ye that y e sd. John Holbrook 

in consideration of y e sum of Six Hundred Pounds .... to him in hand 
paid by William Holden of sd. Dorchester, Physician, .... Hath sold 
. . . unto y e sd. William Holden .... four parcels of Land . . . Butted 
and Bounded .... by land belonging to ye heirs of Capt. Thomas Wis- 
well* Dec d .... by ye land of ye Hon ble James Allen Esq r .... by 
ye Ministerial Land, so called, belonging to ye Town of Dorchester 

by y e land of John Maxfield by ye Town's Pasture, so 

called .... by ye land of Edward Kiltonf by land belonging 

to y e heirs of Nathaniel Topliif, Dec d .... by land belonging to y e heirs 

of Elijah Danforth Esq r Dec' 1 by land of Mrs. Elizabeth Williams 

.... by y e saltmarsh of Thomas Bird ... by ye marsh of Ebenezer 
Moseley . . . by y e land of John "Wiswell! .... by land belonging to 

ye heirs of Joseph Weeks Dec d To Have and to Hold .... 

In Witness Whereof they y e sd. John Holbrook & 

Mary his wife have hereunto set their hands and Seals ye Ninth Day of 
June in the year of our Lord, one Thousand, Seven Hundred Fifty and 
Three And in ye Twenty Sixth Year of ye Reign of our Sovereign Lord 
George ye Second King of Great Britain &c. 

John Holbrook. [ sbal. "|§ 
Mary Holbrook. [ seal. ]§ 

Signed .... in Presence of us 

Sam 11 Sever, Sam 1 Topliff. 

Suffolk ss. Boston May 14 th 1756. Capt. John Holbrook personally 
appeared & acknowledged the before me. 

Jonas Clarke, Justice Peace. 

Boston May 14: 1756. Received & Entred with the Records of Deeds 
for the County of Suffolk Lib r . 88 folio 195 &c ra 

g Ezek 1 Goldthwait, Reg r . 

* "Wiswell, not yet Wiswall. 

t Kilton, not yet Kelton. 

1 Wiswell (sic.) 

§ The seal is the same for both husband and wife — a piece of square paper over a wafer 
impressed by a ring(?), bearing a device like a tower (light-honse ?) from which rays pro- 
ceed on the dexter side only. 

1896.] Early Life of Roger Williams. 169 



Compiled by John Ward Dean. 

Hubbard, in his History of New England, written in 1680, says 
of Roger Williams, that he was " of good account in England for 
a godly and zealous preacher .... He had been some years 
employed in the ministry in England." 

I find nothing in Mather's Magnalia (1702) relative to his life in 
England, nor in either edition (1720 and 1741) of NeaPs History of 
New England. 

In 1765, a series of articles on the history of Providence was pub- 
lished in the Providence Gazette, Jan. 12 to March 30, 1765. 
They are attributed to Gov. Stephen Hopkins and are reprinted in the 
Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. xix, pages 
160-203. In narrating the arrival of Williams in New England it 
is said "of whose life, before his coming to America we knew little 
more than that he had a liberal education and was sometime pupil 
of Sir Edward Coke, the famous English lawyer" (page 168) . 

Rev. Morgan Edwards, a Welsh clergyman of Philadelphia, pre- 
pared materials for a History of the Baptists of Rhode Island, which 
remained in manuscript till 1867, when the work was printed in the 
sixth volume of the Collections of the Rhode Island Historical So- 
ciety. Benedict, in his History of the Baptists, vol. L, page 485, 
states that this manuscript History was prepared in 1771. Edwards 
says : " As to Mr. Williams he is said to have been a native 
of Wales, and to have had his education (which was liberal) under 
the patronage of the famous lawyer, Sir Edward Coke, under whom 
also he studied law, and by whose interest he got episcopal orders 
and a parish. The manner in which he obtained his patronage is 
said to have been this : * Sir Edward one day observing a youth at 
church taking notes of the sermon, and the people crowding, beckoned 
to him to come to his pew ; and seeing how judiciously he minuted 
down the striking sentiments of the preacher, was so pleased that he 
entreated the parents to let him have the lad.' ' (Page 316.) 

In 1775, Rev. John Stanford, then preaching in Providence, pre- 
pared and entered on the church records a history of the First Bap- 
tist church in that town. This account was printed in 1813 by Rev. 
David Benedict, in the first volume of his History of the Baptists. 
Of Roger Williams he says : " Mr. Williams was a native of Wales, 
born in the year 1598, and had a liberal education under Sir Edward 
Coke. The occasion of Mr. Williams's receiving the favor of that 
distinguished lawyer was very singular. Sir Edward one day at 
vol. l. 14 

170 Early Life of Roger Williams. [April, 

church observing a youth taking notes from the sermon beckoned 
him into his pew. He obtained a sight of the lad's minutes, which 
were exceedingly judicious, being a collection of the most striking 
sentiments delivered by the preacher. This, with Mr. Williams's great 
modesty, so engaged Sir Edward in his favor as to induce him to 
solicit Mr. Williams's parents to let him have the care of their son, 
which was readily granted. Mr. Williams soon entered on the study 
of law and received all possible assistance from his generous patron ; 
but finding this employment not altogether agreeable to his taste, 
after pursuing it some time, he turned his attention to divinity, and 
made such proficiency therein as encouraged Sir Edward to ob- 
tain for him episcopal orders. His preaching was highly esteemed 
and his private character revered. By embracing the sentiments of 
the Puritans, he was greatly exposed to suffering and at last was 
thereby compelled to leave his native country." (Benedict's Bap- 
tists, i. 473-4.) 

In 1777, Rev. Isaac Backus published the first volume of his His- 
tory of New England, with particular reference to the Baptists. In 
regard to the early life of Roger Williams he repeats what Hubbard 
had said. In 1796 the third volume was issued. In this volume 
Mr. Backus says : w Mr. Roger Williams was born in Wales, in 
1599, was educated at Oxford University, and was introduced into 
the ministry of the Church of England for some years before he came 
over to America and landed in Boston in February, 1631." (Backus, 
ed. of 1871, ii. 489.) 

On reviewing these statements, I would remark that some of the 
assertions have been disproved and others rendered improbable. 
There is little likelihood that he was born in Wales. Mr. Waters's 
Gleanings show that his parents resided in London, and he was 
probably born there. The University at which he was* educated is 
also wrongly given. It was not Oxford, but Cambridge. He was 
matriculated, a pensioner of Pembroke College, July 7, 1625, and 
took the degree of B.A. in January, 1626-7 (Greene's History of 
Rhode Island, vol. i. p. 49). Whether he commenced the study 
of the law before preparing for the ministry, I have as yet no means 
of determining. That he was patronized by Sir Edward Coke is 
proved by the statement of Mrs. Anne Sadlier, the daughter of 
Coke, whose correspondence with Roger Williams is printed in 
Elton's Life of Roger Williams, pages 106 to 110. 

Mrs. Sadlier says : " This Roger Williams, when he was a youth, 
would in a short-hand take sermons and speeches in the Star Cham- 
ber, and present them to my dear father. He seeing so hopeful a 
youth, took such liking to him that he sent him in to Sutton's Hos- 
pital, and he was the second that was placed there." (Elton's Life 
of Williams, p. 108.) The records of Sutton's Hospital, now the 
Charter House, show that Williams was elected a scholar "June 
25, 1621, and that he obtained an exhibition July 9, 1624" (ibid y 

P . ii). 

1896.] Family of George Stocking. 171 

The discoveries of Mr. Waters in 1889 (Eegister, vol. xliii., 
pp. 291-303) ; the letters of Williams contributed to the Eegister 
the same year by George Aim Lowndes, M.A. (ibid, pp. 315- 
320) ; and the article by that gentleman on "The Barrington 
Family," published in the Transactions of the Essex Archa3ological 
Society in 1878-9 (ibid, vol. 1., pp. 65-8), throw new light on 
the history of Williams before his emigration, and lead us to hope 
for further discoveries. 

From these we infer that Williams never held a living in Eng- 
land. He does not mention in his letter to Lady Barrington having 
held any, though two parishes had been offered to him which his 
conscientious scruples led him to reject. As early as 1629 he was 
chaplain to Sir William Masham, baronet, at Otes,* inHighLaver, 
Essex, a position held either before or after by Rev. John Norton, 
who also came to New England and died the teacher of the First 
Church of Boston, Mass. Lady Masham was Winifred, daughter of 
Sir Francis Barrington, bart. She was a cousin of Oliver Cromwell. 
Here Williams was in a position to make the acquaintance of the 
leading patriots of that day. He refers to a "late New England 
call," presumably to Plymouth or Salem. His letters show that he 
sought unsuccessfully the hand of a relative of Lady Barrington. 
After his failure he probably accepted one of the " offers " he refers 
to, perhaps that put into his hand, "person and present portion 
worthy." At least he was married before he arrived in this country 
in February, 1630-1. 


Contributed by Edward E. Cornwall, M.D., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

1. George 1 Stocking, born in England; married 1st, in England, 

Anna ; married 2d, in Hartford, Ct., Agnes 1. He came to 

Massachusetts about 1633. Had a house in Cambridge, situated on the 
southwest corner of the present Holyoke and Winthrop Streets, in 1635. 
Was admitted freeman in Massachusetts, May, 1635. Removed with the 
first settlers to Hartford, 1636, and had a lot of twenty acres there in the 

* John Locke, the philosopher, spent the last years of his life at Otes, in the family of his 
friend, Sir Francis Masham, bart, whose wife was Damaris, daughter of Rev. Ralph Cud- 
worth, D.D., and a niece of Gen. James Cudworth of Scituate, in Plymouth Colony, New 

t She may have been Agnes (Shatswell) Webster, widow of Gov. John Webster who 
died in 1661. 

172 Family of George Stocking. [April, 

first distribution of land. Selectman in Hartford, 1647. Surveyor of high- 
ways, 1654 and 1662. Chimney viewer, 1659. Excused from military 
duty, 1660, probably on account of age. May, 1670, he with his second 
wife, Agnes, separated to the Second Church of Hartford. He died " at 
great age," May 25, 1683. He left no will and his estate,* which amount- 
ed to £257:09:00, was divided among his children : Samuel Stocking, 
Hannah Benton, the wife of John Richards, the wife of Samuel Olcott, 
and his grandson John Stocking. Family tradition says that he came from 
from the " West of England " and was derived from a good family there. 
In the older records the name is often written Stocken or Stockin. Children : 

2. i. Deacon Samuel, 2 b. in England. 

ii. Hannah, m. Andrew Benton, of Hartford. 
Hi. Sarah, m. Samuel Olcott, of Hartford, 
iv. Lydia, m. John llichards, of Hartford. 

2. Deacon Samuel' 2 Stocking (George 1 ), married May 27, 1652, at 
Hartford, Bethia, daughter of John and Jane Hopkins. He came 
with his father to Massachusetts and removed with him to Hartford. 
About 1650 he removed with the first settlers to Middletown. Was 
one of the three signers of the Indian deed of Middletown. Was 
the first deacon in the Middletown Church, which was organized 
in 1668. Was representative from Middletown, 1658, 1659, 1665, 
1669, 1674, 1677 and 1681. Served in King Philip's war, probably 
as sergeant. His house stood in Upper Middletown, now the town 
of Cromwell. In his will he mentions all his children, except Han- 
nah, who was probably dead, and leaves all his land on the east side 
of the Connecticut river to his sons George and Ebenezer and gives 
£3 to his pastor, Rev. Nathaniel Collins. He died Dec. 3, 1683. 
The inventory of his estate amounted to £648:08:08. His widow 
married James Steele. Children : 

i. Hannah, 3 b. Oct. 30, 1654; d. before 1683. 

ii. Samuel, b. Oct. 9, 1656; d. Dec. 2, 1697. Left his estate (£327) to 
his brothers John, George and Daniel, and his sisters Bethia Stow 
and Lydia Howell, 
in. Bethia, b. Oct. 10, 1658 : m. Oct. 16, 1675, Thomas Stow, of Mid- 
iv. John, b. Sept. 24, 1660. Lived for some years with his grand- 
father in Hartford. Was later in Middletown, where in 1713 he 
was called " a distracted person." Was living 1718. 
v. Lydia, b. Jan. 20, 1663: m. Joseph How r ell, of Southampton, L. I. 

3. vi. George, b. Feb. 20, 1665. 

vii. Ebenezer, b. Feb. 23, 1669 ; cl. before 1697. 
viii. Steven, b. March 23, 1673 ; d. before 1697. 

4. ix. Daniel, b. April 14, 1677. 

3. George 8 Stocking (Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), married Elizabeth 

. Removed from Upper Middletown to East Middletown 

(later Chatham, now Portland) before 1710. His name appears 
for the single year, 1694, on the tax list of Southampton, L. I., but 
it is not probable that he lived there for any length of time. He 
died Feb. 17, 1714, and was buried in the old graveyard in Portland. 
His estate, which amounted to* £359:09:01, was divided among his 

* The inventory of his estate mentions " Bible, sermon book and spectacles." 

1896.] Family of George /Stocking. 173 

six children, all of whom were living at the time of his death. His 
widow married Deacon Samuel Hall, of East Middletowu, and died 
Nov. 16, 1737, aged about 63 years. Children: 

5. i. Steven, 4 b. Aug. 20, 1694. 

ii. Elizabeth, b. March 6, 1697; m. Dec. 8, 1736, John Payne, of East 

6. iii. Samuel, b. Oct. 16, 1700. 

iv. Bethia, b. April 12, 1703; m. June 8, 1727, John Churchill, of East 

7. v. Captain George, b. April 16, 1705. 

8. vi. Nathaniel, b. June 28, 1709. 

4. Daniel 3 Stocking (Deacon Samuel, 2 George, 1 ), married Aug. 27, 

1700, Jane, daughter of Hugh and Martha (Coit) Mould, of New 
London. Lived in Upper Middletown. Died 1733. His widow 
died April 1, 1758. 

i. Daniel, 4 b. May 10, 1701 ; probably d. young. 

9. ii. Captain Joseph, b. Feb. 27, 1703. 

iii. Ebenezeu, b. Nov. 23, 1704; d. Sept. 20, 1762. His estate was dis- 
tributed to Capt. Joseph Stocking, Elisha Stocking, Jane Ayrault, 
and the heirs of Jonathan Stocking. 

iv. Captain John, b. July 14, 1707 ; m. Dec. 27, 1749, Mary Hall. He d. 
at Statia, Feb. 2,6, 1750, and his widow m. Jan. 10, 1751, Nathaniel 
Chauncy. He lived in Upper Middletown, but was, perhaps, for 
a few years, about 1738, in Haddam, or Middle Haddam. 

10. v. Jonathan, b. Oct. 1, 1709. 

vi. Jane, b. Dec. 19, 1711; m. April 17, 1730, Nicholas Ayrault, of 

11. vii. Elisha, b. Mar. 25, 1714. 

5. Steven 4 Stocking {George, 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), married 1st, 

July 5, 1722, Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon Samuel and Sarah 
(Hinsdale) Hall. She was born 1694 and died Aug. 1, 1756. He 
married 2d, Feb. 24, 1757, Widow Sarah Andrews. Lived in Chat- 
ham. Was commissioned ensign of militia 1732. Died 1789. His 
widow died July 29, 1790. Children: 

i. Joseph, 5 b. June 28, 1723; m. Nov. 1, 1753, widow Sarah (Shepherd) 
Cornwall. Children: 1. Abraham* b. Sept. 26, 1754; 2. Joseph,* 
b. June 16, 1756; 3. Lemuel,* b. Aug. 10, 1758; 4. Elizabeth,* b. 
July 22, 1760 ; 5. Amos* b. July 17, 1764 ; 6. Sarah,* bap. Sept. 1769. 
He lived in Chatham. 

ii. Steven, b. Aug. 15, 1724; cl. May 2, 1775; m. July 14, 1752, Mary 
Andrews. She was b. Aug. 11, 1732, and d. Dec. 9, 1825. Chil- 
dren : 1. Eber* b. Jan. 15, 1756; m., 1784, Olive Sage; served in 
the Revolutionary war. 2. Steven,* m. Jan. 31, 1782, Sarah Hill. 
3. Jonathan,* m. April 26, 1784, Polly Allen; removed to New 
York state. 4. David,* bap. Feb. 3, 1765; m. Phebe Cook. 5. 
Lois,* m. 1776, Benjamin Abby. He lived in Chatham. 

iii. Elizabeth, b. June 1, 1726. 

iv. Sarah, b. Jan. 24, 1728 ; m. April 17, 1746, Dea. David Sage, of 

v. David, b. Sept. 20, 1730; d. March 3, 1807; m. July 14, 1753, Abigail 
Spencer. She was b. 1727, and d. July 25, 1810. Children: 1. 
Elizabeth,* b. Dec. 21, 1754; m. (?) June 3, 1776, Gabriel Ely. 2. 
Azubah* b. Aug. 9, 1757. 3. Abigail,* b. March 25, 1760 ; m. Dec. 12, 
1788, Alexander Alvord. 4. Huldah* b. Dec. 27, 1762. 5. liachel,* 
b. Jan. 4, 1765. He livefl in East Haddam. 

vi. Lois, b. July 15, 1733; d. young. 

vii. Amos, b. Aug. 7, 1736; d. Sept. 15, 1762. 

174 Family of George Stocking. [April, 

6. Samuel 4 Stocking (George, 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), married July 

20, 1726, Abiah Boardman. Lived in Chatham. Died July 21, 
1772. His wife died Oct. 13, 1767. Children : 

i. Samuel, 5 b. June 17, 1727. 

ii. Elijah, b. Dec. 30, 1728 ; d. Jan. 19, 1807 ; m. Hannah . Chil- 
dren : 1. Hannah.* 2. Samuel. 6 S.John, 6 b. May 5, 1763; m. 
Deborah Hnrlbut ; served on a Revolutionaiw privateer; removed 
to New York state. 4. Abigail, 6 b. 1766; m. Timothy Hmibut. 
5. Elijah, 6 bap. March 19, 1769; m. Jan. 2, 1794, Mary Sage. 6. 
David, 6 bap. 1770. 7. Joel, 6 bap. Aug. 21, 1774. 8. Jared 6 bap. 
Nov. 2, 1777. He lived in Chatham. 

iii. Marshal, b. Aug. 15, 1730; m. 1st, Anne ; m. 2d, Sept. 3, 

1767, Esther Tryon. She d. Oct. 16, 1779. Children: 1. Pru- 
dence, 6 bap. Jan. 29, 1752; m. Dec. 29, 1773, Nathaniel Goodrich. 
2. Jemima, 6 bap. Dec. 28, 1754. 3. Eunice, 6 bap. Jan. 25, 1756; 
m. July 11, 1774, Ephraim Bowers. 4. Marshal, 6 m. Feb. 5, 
1783, Anna Bartlet; served in the Revolutionary war. 5. Anne. 6 
6. Aseph, 6 bap. July 10, 1768. 7. Samuel, 6 bap. Dec. 6, 1772. 8. 
Esther, 6 bap. Sept. 11, 1774. 9. Buth, 6 bap. Aug. 17, 1777. He 
lived in Chatham. 

iv. Benjamin, b. July 1, 1732; cl. Dec. 4, 1808; m. 1st, Phebe . 

She d. Nov. 23, 1786, and he m. 2d, Jan. 7. 1789, widow Mary 
Stocking. Children: 1. Benjamin, 6 bap. Oct. 24, 1754. 2. Phebe, 6 
bap. Oct. 28, 1756. 3. Sarah 6 bap. 1757; m. Sept. 30, 1777, 
Gideon Hurlbnt. 4. Lucy 6 bap. ^.ug. 18, 1762. 5. Grace, 6 b. 
May 8, 1763; m. (?) Dec. 1, 1785, Joseph Willcox. 6. Beuben, 6 
bap. March 9, 1777, and probably, also, (7) Moses, 6 m. Nov. 17, 
1785, Elizabeth Pelton ; removed to Sheffield, Mass. 8. Joseph, 6 
bap. 1757. 9. Lydia, 6 bap. Oct. 1, 1764. He lived in Chatham. 

v. Abigail, bap. June 30, 1734; m. Benjamin Hale. 

vi. Ruth, bap. Oct. 3, 1736; m. John Penfield. 

vii. Moses, bap. Jan. 5, 1739. 

viii. Abiah, bap. June 15, 1741 ; m. Zaccheus Goodrich, of Middletown. 

ix. Prudence, bap. Nov. 3, 1745. 

7. Captain George 4 Stocking (George 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), mar- 

ried March 1, 1727, Mercy Savage. Removed from East Middle- 
town to Middle Haddam (the Fourth Parish of old 'Middletown), 
where he had a grist mill, before 1740. Was commissioned captain 
of militia 1752. Died 1790. Children: 

i. George, 5 b. May 11, 1728 ; m. Jan. 25, 1747, Eunice Cobb. Children : 
1. George, 6 b. May 15, 1750; d. 1777. 2. Caleb, 6 b. Aug. 31, 1752; 
m. Jan. 23, 1769, Alice Williams in East Haddam. 3. Hezekiah, 6 
bap. July 25, 1756; d. 1777. 4. Nathaniel, 6 bap. Jan. 21, 1759; d. 
1777. 5. Ansel, 6 b. April 3, 1763; m. Jan. 31, 1786, Prudence 
Crosby. 6. Eunice, 6 b. April 20, 1765. 7. Sabra, 6 b. May 6, 1767. 
8. Elisha, 6 bap. April 8, 1770. He lived in Middle and East Had- 
dam till just before the Revolution, when he removed to East Glas- 
tonbury, where he was killed, with his sons George, Hezekiah and 
Nathaniel, by the explosion of a powder mill, Aug. 23, 1777. 
ii. Captain Abner, b. April 1, 1730; m. Feb. 8, 1749, Ruth Higgins. 
'Children: 1. Abner, 6 b. Jan. 2, 1753; m. Feb. 20, 1777, Lidea 
Bow T ers; served in the Revolution. 2. Buth, 3 b. Oct. 27, 1754 ; m. 
Dec. 7, 1775, Lieut. Shnbal Brooks. 3. Hannah, 6 b. Sept. 11, 
1756; m. Oct. 25, 1774, Eleazer Bates. 4. William, 6 b. July 18, 
1758; served in the Revolution. 5. James, 6 b. Jan. 24, 1760; 
served in the Revolution. 6. Amasa, 6 b. Dec. 24, 1763 ; served 
in the Revolution. 7. Rev. Jeremiah, 6 b. Dec. 8, 1767; m. 1790, 
Mary Wood; served on a Revolutionary privateer; w r as a Meth- 
odist clergyman. 8. Benftimin, 6 bap. July 15, 1770. 9. Alex- 
ander, 6 bap. Jan. 10, 1773. He lived in Middle Haddam, was a 
sea captain, and is said to have commanded a privateer in the 

1896.] Family of George Stocking. 175 

Revolution that sailed out of New York, and was one of the lead- 
ers in the Point Judith Expedition. Was commissioned captain 
of the militia, 1780. 
iii. John, b. Aug. 15, 1732 ; m. Jan. 28, 1753, Priscilla Mayo. Children : 

1. Mary,* b. Sept. 6, 1754. 2. Timothy, 6 bap. June 13, 1756, and, 
perhaps, others. He lived in Middle Haddam. 

iv. Mary, 6 b. Jan. 12, 1735; m. Jan. 23, 1752, George Hubbard Jr. 

v. Hezekiah, 6 b. Feb. 1, 1737, probably cl. young. 

vi. Lucy, b. Aug. 8, 1739; m. July 21, 1757, Sylvanus Higgins. 

vii. Reuben, bap. Feb. 12, 1744 ; m, Sept. 19, 17G5, Sarah Hurlbut. Chil- 
dren : 1. Beuben, 6 bap. Aug. 20, 1766. 2. Samuel, 6 bap. Dec. 17, 
1767; m. April 7, 1789, Mary Ann Belden. 3. Lucy, 6 bap. Nov. 
22, 1769. 4. Steven, 6 bap. March 24, 1771; m. Dec. 1, 1793, 
Mehitable Swift. 5. Vinina, 6 bap. June 9, 1776; m. Solon 
Ramsdell. 6. Hezekiah, 6 bap. Nov. 8, 1778. 7. George, 6 bap. 
Sept. 30, 1781; m. Fanny Hurd. 8. Sarah, 6 m. Sept. 21, 1791, 
Joel Bradford. He lived in Middle Haddam. 

viii. Martha, bap. Nov. 8, 1741; m. 1760, Jedidiah Hubbard. 

ix. Mercy, bap. May 1, 1746; d. Aug. 20, 1749. 

x. Mercy, bap. Nov. 26, 1752: m. Aug. 1, 1771, James Brainerd. 

8. Nathaniel 4 Stocking ( George, 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), married 

Jan. 7, 1734, Abigail Cooper. Removed to Haddam Neck in the 
parish of Middle Haddam and town of Haddam, as early as 1735. 
Died "in a sudden manner" Jan. 24, 1781, intestate. Children: 

i. Lydia, 5 b. Oct. 12, 1735 ; m. Lemuel Smith. 

ii. Nathaniel, b. May 6, 1738; d. Oct. 7, 1751. 

iii. Lamberton, b. Feb. 9, 1739; m. 1st, Sarah . She d. July 3, 

1778, and he m. 2d, April 21, 1779, Mehitable Young. Children: 
1. Timothy, 6 b. June 24, 1764; 2. Mary, 6 b. Feb. 16, 1767; 3. 
Sarah, 6 b. June 18, 1770; 4. Lamberton, 6 b. June 23, 1775; 6. Abi- 
gail, 6 b. March 26, 1777; 7. Elizabeth, 6 b. March 26, 1777; 8. 
Lucinda, 6 b. April 23, 1778. He lived in Middle Haddam. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 12, 1741; m. May 1, 1769, Jonathan Brainerd. 

v. Samuel, b. Nov. 12, 1743; d. before 1781. 

vi. Jemima, b. Sept. 7, 1745 ; m. Oct. 22, 1765, Capt. David Brooks. 

vii. Thomas, b. Sept. 20, 1747; m. Oct. 31, 1771, Elizabeth Hurd. Chil- 
dren; 1. Joseph, 6 bap. Jan. 16, 1775; removed to Buffalo, N. Y. 

2. Samuel 6 b. June 10, 1777; m. Phebe Sheldon; removed to 
Utica, N. Y. 3. Jared, 6 removed to Niagara Falls, Ont. 4. 
Michael. 6 5. Mary, 6 m. Root. He lived in Middle Had- 
dam, Ct., and Pittsfield, Mass. 

viii. Sarah, b. Sept. 15, 1749 ; m. Elisha Day. 
ix. Timothy, b. Aug. 18, 1751; d. Nov. 1753. 
x. Ruth, b. Feb. 2, 1756; was living 1781. 

9. Captain Joseph 4 Stocking [Daniel 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), mar- 

ried 1st, Dec. 20, 1726, Abigail Ranney; married 2d, Widow Han- 
nah (Pitkin) Magill. Lived in Upper Middletown. Children: 

i. Daniel, 5 b. Jan. 18, 1728; d. Dec. 23, 1800; m. 1st, Sarah, daughter 
of Rev. Hezekiah Gould, of Stratford. She d. Aug. 9, 1756, and 
he m. 2d, April 21, 1757, Bethia Kirby. Children : 1. Mary Ann, 6 
bap. Nov. 5, 1752; m. David White. 2. Jozeb, 6 bap. Jan. 16, 1755. 
3. Daniel, 6 bap. May 6, 1759. 4. Sarah, 6 bap. Sept. 21, 1760; m. 
Oct. 14, 1787, Nicholas Fox. 5. Samuel, 5 bap. Jan. 6, 1762. 6. 
Seth, 6 bap. Feb. 12, 1764. 7. Abigail, 6 bap. Oct. 27, 1767; m. Sept. 
16, 1785, Thomas Clark. 8. Clarissa, 6 bap. Nov. 12, 1769. 9. IIul- 
dah, 6 bap. April 1772 ; m. March 29, 1795, Siras Willcox. 10. John, 
bap. Oct. 30, 1774. He lived in Upper Middletown. Graduated at 
Yale College, 1748. Was a schoolmaster. 

ii. Zebulon, d. Oct. 6, 1741. 

iii. Abigail, m. Oct. 28, 1757, Thomas Goodwin. 

176 Family of George Stocking. [April, 

10. Jonathan 4 Stocking (Daniel, 9 Deacon Samuel, 3 George 1 ), married 

1st, Patience . She died Oct. 23, 1746, and he married 2d, 

Oct. 8, 1747, Sarah Willcox. Lived in Upper Middletown. Died 
Oct. 17, 1761, by a fall from an apple tree near his house. His 
widow married, Oct. 25, 1765, Aaron Eels. Children: 

i. Lydia, 5 bap. Oct. 19, 1746; m. April 2, 1765, Capt. Samuel Treat. 

ii. Patience, bap. July 31, 1748; d. young. 

iii. Joseph, bap. Oct. 1, 1749. 

iv. Luther, bap. March 22, 1752; m. July 17, 1775, Sarah Goodrich, of 

New Britain. He removed to Kensington. 
v. John, called 3 d son in distribution of his father's estate. Probably 
served in the Revolution. 

11. Elisha 4 Stocking (Daniel, 3 Deacon Samuel, 2 George 1 ), married 1st, 

Jan. 26, 1737, Rachel Rauney. She died March 16, 1739, and he 
married 2d, Feb. 15, 1740, Margery Willcox. She died June 29, 
1757, and he married 3d, Feb. 4, 1758, Thankful Butler. Lived in 
Upper Middletown. Was quartermaster of troop of horse in militia. 
Died April 4, 1775. Children : 

i. Lucy, 6 b. June 10, 1737; m. Nov. 27, 1755, Thomas Kirby. 

ii. Grace, b. Feb. 28, 1739 ; m. 1760, Nathaniel Savage. 

iii. Captain Zebulon, bap. April 4, 1742; d. April 15, 1783; m. April 

10, 1765, Martha Edwards. Children : 1. Lucy* b. May 5, 1765; 

m. April, 30, 1788, Hezekiah Warner. 2. David, 6 bap. March 1, 

1767. 3. Lucretia, 6 bap. Feb. 17, 1769; m. May 4, 1790, Hezekiah 

Kirby. 4. Martha, 6 bap. March 17, 1771 ; m. July 9, 1792, Israel 

Kelsey. 5. Harriet, 6 bap. Nov. 28, 1773. He lived in Upper 

iv. Theodosia, bap. Feb. 23, 1745. 

v. Submit, bap. Feb. 28, 1747 ; m. Oct. 20, 1770, Hezekiah Goodrich. 
vi. Eachel, bap. June 29, 1749; m. Feb. 26, 1765, Capt. Eli Butler, 
vii. John, bap. May 6, 1750. 

viii. Elisha, bap. Aug. 17, 1751; d. Aug. 21, 1751. 
ix. Elisha, bap. April 21, 1754; m. Dec. 15, 1793, Susannah Hamlin. 

Lived in Upper Middletown. Served in the Revolution. 
x. William, bap. June 26, 1757; d. July 3, 1795; m. «lst, Elizabeth 
. She d. Nov. 8, 1787, and he m. 2d, Jan. 9, 1791, Anna 

Olcott. Children: 1. Betsey 6 bap. July 22, 1782. 2. Luther, 6 bap. 
July 3, 1783. 3. Nancy, 6 bap. Nov. 28, 1784. 4. Fanny, 6 b. Nov. 1, 

1785. 5. William, 6 b. Nov. 2, 1792. 6. George 6 b. Feb. 11, 1795. 

He lived in Upper Middletown. 
xi. Margery, bap. Jan. 7, 1759; m. Oct. 20, 1793, James Porter. 

The following of the name of Stocking, all descendants in the fifth and 
sixth generation from George Stocking of Hartford, served in the Revolu- 
tion : Abner, Amasa, Ebenezer, Eber, Elisha, George, George Jr., Hezekiah, 
Israel, James, John, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Marshall, Moses, Samuel and 
William. These are all mentioned in the adjutant general's list of " Con- 
necticut Men in the Revolution," published by the State of Connecticut and 
their specific services given. In addition to these the following probably 
all served on Revolutionary privateers : Capt. Abner, who is said to have 
commanded a privateer that sailed out of New York ; Rev. Jeremiah, who 
was put on board a privateer late in the war; James and Nathaniel, mem- 
bers of the captured crew of the "Sampson," who died in prison in New 
York 1782; Capt. John, who spent six months in the prison-ship in New 
York; and Reuben. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass, 


PEMBROKE, MASS., FROM 1748 TO 1803. 

Communicated by Mrs. Elrot M. Avery of Cleveland, Ohio. 

[Continued from vol. xlix., page 430.] 

















October 9, 




* a 





January 29, 1775. 















Zeheniah, son of Nathaniel Chamberlain. 

Sarah, daughter of Samuel Howland. 

Hannah, daughter of Hannah Cole. 

Jacob, son of Jacob Bearse. 

Christina, daughter of William Hayford. 

Hannah, daughter of Simeon Jones. 

Asia, son of Eleazer Hamlin. 

Calvin, son of John Thompson. 

Lurenna, daughter of John Hatch. 

Eunice, daughter of Blaney Phillips, Jun'r. 

John Allen, son of James Bourn. 

Chloe, daughter of Joseph Bonney. 

Elizabeth Josselyn, daughter of Seth Cocks. 

Abraham, son of Abraham Josselyn. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Job House. 

William, son of William Cocks, Jun'r. 

Joseph, son of Daniel Gardner, administered on ac- 
count of his wife. 

Joshua, son of Joshua Barker. 

Mary, daughter of Joseph Nichols. 

Samuel, son of John Pumpilly, baptised on account 
of his wife. 

Sarah Barstow, Lazarus, Alderson, children of Benja- 
min Ramsdell, Jun'r. 


Oliver Reed, son of Richard Smith, baptised on ac- 
count of his wife Rhoda. 

Sarah, daughter of David Tilden. 

Betty, daughter of Nehemiah Ramsdell. 

Joseph, son of John Stetson, baptised on account of 
his wife. 

Luther, son of Ephraim Briggs. 

Hannah and Mary, twin daughters of Henry Monroe, 

John, son of Thomas Record. 

Levi, son of Nathaniel Chamberlain. 

Mary, daughter of Noah Perry. 

Betty, daughter of Captain Elijah Cushing. 

Job, son of Gideon Ramsdell. 

Benjamin, son of William Delano. 


Baptisms at Pembrolce, Mass. 



14, 1775 












November 19, 

December 10, 


































November 3, 




25, 1777. 









Betsey, daughter of James Hatch. 

Seth, sou of Rowland Beals. 

Nathaniel, son of West Cole. 

Peggy, daughter of Joseph Howland, baptised on 
account of his wife. 

Increase, son of Deacon Increase Robinson. 

Anne Howland, daughter of Ephraim Lindsey. 

Eachel, daughter of Joseph Hanks, baptism admin- 
istered on account of his wife. 

Ruth, daughter of John Thomas. 

Elizabeth, daughter of John Thompson. 

Warren, child of Samuel Howland. 

Joseph, son of (Jacob?) Gannett. 


Sarah, daughter of Eleazer Hamlin. 

Mary, daughter of Widow Hannah Phillips baptised 
on the Sabbath after the death of her husband. 

Gershom, son of Gershom Ramsdell. 

Ruben, son of Ruben Clark. 

Sophia, daughter of Gammelial Bisbee. 

Betty, daughter of Thomas Record. 

Gad, son of Lindes Tower, offered for baptism by 
Gersham Ramsdell and wife who have the care of 
the child. 

Mary, daughter of Matthew Whitten, Jun'r. 

Isaac and Harlow, sons of Samuel Harding, baptism 
administered on account of his wife. 

Sally, daughter of Richard Smith, baptism adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Abner, son of Abraham Josselyn. 

Thirsa, Daughter of John Hatch. 

James, son of James White Cushing. 

Will, an Indian child baptised on account of Jack- 
son's wife. 

Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Nathaniel, son of Joseph Bonney. 

Perez, son of Joseph Howland, on account of his wife. 

Anna Stockbridge, daughter of Thomas Josselyn, 

Polly, a child offered by William Cocks and wife as 
the care of it is committed to them. 

Samuel, son of Job House. 

Nathaniel, son of Major David Tilden. 


Ruth, daughter of Elisha Records. 
Joseph, son of Joshua Barker. 
Rachel, daughter of Zadoc Reed. 
Sarah, daughter of Gideon Ramsdell. 
Cloe, daughter of Nathaniel Chamberlain. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass. 



18, 1777. 





























November 9, 

December 26, 


1, 1778. 















; r27, 



November 8, 



December 20, 


















Levi, son of William Hayford. 
Benjamin, son of Benjamin Monroe. 
Elijah Turner, son of Nathaniel Cushing. 
Rachel, daughter of Capt. Elijah Cushing. 
Gershum, son of Gershum Ramsdell. 
Nathaniel, son of William Delano. 
Christopher, son of Christopher Phillips. 
Sarah, daughter of John Thompson. 
Orphy, daughter of Lemuel Bonney. 
Lucy, daughter of Ephraim Briggs. 
Louise, daughter of Gamaliel Bisbee. 
John, son of Ephraim Lindsey. 
Anne, daughter of Rowland Beals. 
Priscilla, daughter of Edward Hayford of Bridge- 
Enoch, son of Jacob Gannet. 
Cynthia, daughter of Thomas Record. 
Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Barnes. 
Nathaniel, son of Capt. James Hatch. 
Samuel, son of Samuel Ramsdell. 


Daniel, child of Doct. Daniel Childs. 

Eli, son of Alexander Soper, Jun'r. 

Rebecca, daughter of Noah Cole, baptised on account 

of his wife. 
Jonathan Bisbee, son of Joseph Nichols. 
Margaret, daughter of Matthew Whitten, Jun'r. 
Sylvina, daughter of Samuel Harding, administered 

on account of his wife. 
Jonathan, son of Samuel Howland. 
Nathaniel Twynge, son of Major David Tilden. 
Harvey, son of Lot Stetson. 
Mary, daughter of Job House. 
Henry, son of Henry Monroe, Jun'r. 
Elizabeth, daughter of Adam Perry. 
Barnabus, son of Barnabas Jackson. 
Betsey, daughter of Ruben Clarke. 
Betsey, daughter of Gersham Ramsdell. 
Betsey, daughter of Nathaniel Thomas. 

•" 1779. 

Edward, son of John Thomas. 
Dorothy, daughter of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 
Joseph, son of Henry Monroe, Jun'r. 
Simeon, son of Zadoc Reed. 
Nancy, daughter of William Cocks, Jun'r. 
Sylvester, daughter of Joseph Bonney. 
Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel Chamberlain. 
Thomas, son of Elisha Records. 
John, son of Richard Smith, adminstered on his wife's 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass. 


Ruth, daughter of Doct. Daniel Childs. 

William, son of William White, baptism administered 
on account of his wife. 

Lydia, daughter of Ephraim Briggs. 

Ethelbert, daughter of Widow Aune Lindsey, born a 
few mouths after her husband's death. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua Barker. 

Peddy, daughter of Joseph Howland, baptism admin- 
istered on account of his wife. 

Rizpey, daughter of Gamaliel Bisbee. 

Ruth, daughter of Jos. Waterman. 

Olive, daughter of Adam Perey. 

Silvanus, son of Captain Joseph Smith. 

Richard, son of Samuel Hill. 

Tracey(?), son of Benjamin Barnes. 


Fanny, daughter of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 

Ezra, son of Lot Phillips, baptism administered on 

his account only. 
Levi, son of Samuel Ramsdell, Jun'r. 
Isaac, son of Captain Elijah Cushing. 
Cyrus, son of Benjamin Monroe. 
Isaac, son of Richard Lowden. 
Cloe, daughter of Mathew Whitten. 
Nathan, son of Nathan Stephens. 

[Leaves seem to be missing from the book and the next baptism recorded is Nov. 9» 
1783.-MRS. E. M. A.] 



2, 1779. 
















October 31, 

December 5, 


26, 1780. 













p 9,1783. 




30, 1784. 













September 5, 









November 7, 


■ 5, 


Mary, daughter of John Barstow. 
Daniel, son of Noah Perrey. 


Lucy, daughter of Richard Smith, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Edward, son of Nathan Stevens, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Oliver, son of Nathaniel Chamberlain. 
Sylvia, daughter of Mathew Whitten, Jun'r. 
Clarissa, daughter of Joseph Bonney. 
Susannah, daughter of Abel Bourn. 
Lydia, daughter of Isaac Keen, die eod ' et anno. 
Lucy, daughter of Alexander Soper, Jun'r. 
Lowis, daughter of Leonard Hill. 
Anne, daughter of Capt. Elisha Cushing. 
Crowell, son of Noah Bonney. 
James, son of Job House. 
Lucy, daughter of Nathaniel Clark. 
Mary, daughter of Benjamin Barnes. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass, 



8, 1785 























November 27, 


Samuel, son of Samuel Howland. 

Susey, daughter of Capt. Isaah Stetson, on account of 
his wife. 

Lewis, son of Christopher Phillips. 

Lupira, daughter of Gamaliel Bisbee. 

Lettice, daughter of Joshua Barker. 

Francis, son of Francis Josselyn. 

James, son of Henry Monroe, Jun'r. 

Lucia, daughter of Capt. Joseph Smith. 

(?) Hatch, daughter of Deborah Hatch. 

Joshua Pratt, Jun'r, an adult. 

Samuel, Matilda, Alpheus, John, Levi, Mercy, Joshua, 
children of Joshua Pratt, Jun'r. 

Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Mouroe. 

Lucinda, and Benjamin, children of Stetson, 

baptised on account of Hannah Stetson, his wife. 

Anna, daughter of Zadoc Reed. 

Anna, daughter of Joseph Barstow. 

Mehitabel, daughter of Mathew Whiten, Jun'r. 

Mary, daughter of Richard Smith, baptism adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Lydia, daughter of Jeremiah Stetson, Jun'r. 





















November 5, 




Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Hannah, Charles, John, children of Calley and Marga- 
ret his wife, baptised on account of Margaret. 

Lydia, daughter of Lot Phillips, baptised on account 
of the father. 

Lydia, daughter of Eleazer Josselyn. 

Rebecca, daughter of Reuben Hardin, baptised on 
account of his wife. 

Betty, daughter of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 

Priscilla, daughter of James Bourn, Jun'r. 

Nathan Turner, son of Nathan Sprague. 

Joseph, son of Joseph Thomas. 

Benjamin, son of Benjamin Pratt, Jun'r. 

Anne Cushing, daughter of Isaac Thomas. 

Hervey, child of Noah Bonney. 

Hannah, child of Nathan Hill. 


April 16,1787. Mary, daughter of Zadoc Thomas. 

May 27, Nathaniel, son of Alexander Soper, Jun'r. 

June 3, Lucy, daughter of Samuel Briggs, baptised on account 

of his wife. 

" 10, Bathsheba, daughter of Capt. Joseph Smith. 

" 10, Eunice, daughter of Reuben Clarke. 

July 1, Oliver, son of Abel Bourn. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass. 



1, 1787. 

August 25, 


September 9, 


" 16, 


October 7, 

" 14, 

Ruth Sprague, daughter of Isiah Keen, baptised on 
account of his wife. 

Chloe, daughter of Isiah Stetson, administered on 
account of his wife. 

Peter, son of Francis Josselyn. 

Salome Barstow, son of Samuel Harding, adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

John Hatch, son of Ichabod Howlaud. 

Nathaniel, son of William Collamore. 

Benjamin, son of Thomas Stetson. 

Phebe, daughter of Gamaliel Bisbee. 

Margaret, daughter of Henry Munroe. 

Beckey, daughter of Benjamin Beuker, administered 
on account of his wife. 

Sarah, daughter of George William Munroe. 


8, 1788 























" 13, 

August 23, 


" 31, 



October 12, 

November 9, 


5, 1789. 






Abner, son of Benjamin Studley. 

Sylvester, daughter of Benjamin Studley. 

Gad, son of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 

Benjamin, son of John Thomas. 

Eleazer, son of Eleazer Josselyn. 

Wealthy, daughter of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Samuel, son of Joseph Barstow. 

Jeremiah, son of Jeremiah Stetson, Jun'r. 

Seth, son of Seth Harding, administered on account 

of his wife. 
Betty, daughter of Capt. Elijah Cushing. 
Lucinda, daughter of Capt. William White, baptised 

on account of his wife. 
Joseph, son of Joseph Rowland, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Isaac, sou of James Bourn, Jun'r. 
Deborah, daughter of Isaah Keen, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Celia, daughter of Nathan Sprague. 
Sally, daughter of Lot Phillips. 
Patty, daughter of Richard Lowden, Jun'r. 
Harriott, daughter of Nathaniel Clarke. 
Martin, son of Leonard Hill. 

( ?) Cushing, daughter of Christopher Phillips. 

Lydia Cushing, daughter of Isaac Thomas. 

Nathan, son of Isaac Beals. 

Melinda, daughter of Ezekial Bonney. 


Anne Thomas, daughter of Samuel Briggs, adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Nancy, daughter of Barnabas Holmes, administered 
on account of his wife. 

Nancy, daughter of Noah Bonney. 

Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Hill. 


Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Cal. 



24, 1789 















November 15, 


3, 1790. 















September 5, 









r 7, 



Thomas Hill, son of Francis Josselyn. 

Benjamin, son of Benjamin Bowker, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Salome, child of Charles Ramsdell. 
Jubetta, daughter of Alexander Soper. 
Abigail, daughter of Isaac Josselyn. 
Judith Miller, daughter of Capt. Joseph Smith. 
Sarah, daughter of Abel Bourn. 
Deborah, wife of George Osborn. 
Elizabeth, Levi, Ebenezer, Deborah, Baruch, the 

children of George Osborn. 
Bartlett, son of John Ramsdell. 
Judith, daughter of Joshua Pratt. 


Ezekial, Dodge, son of Nathaniel Cushing, Jun'r. 

Daniel, son of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 

Deliverence Crooker, an adult. 

Calvin, son of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Sarah Osbourn, an adult. 

Luther, son of Zadoc Reed. 

Ephraim Allen, son of Eleazer Josselyn. 

Nathaniel, son of Samuel Briggs, baptism adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Lucy, daughter of Nathaniel Clarke. 

Lydia, daughter of Isaac Beals. 

Hetty, daughter of Seth Cocks, Jun'r. 

Betty, daughter of Isaac Keen, baptism administered 
on account of his wife. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Monroe, Jun'r. 

Tamer, daughter of James Bourn, Jun'r. 

Rudolphus, son of Nathan Sprague. 

Lydia, daughter of Samuel Hill, Jun'r. 

Avetus, son of Gameliel Bisbee. 

Judith, daughter of Barnabas Holmes of Plymouth, 
administered on account of his wife. 


Copied by B. Frank Leeds, Esq. 
[Continued from page 51.] 

Lot 23. 
Carrie S., dau r . of W. H. and M. L. Bean, died July 1, 1882, aged 5 y. 
10 m. 23 d. 

Lot 2Jf. 
J. Chapin Willson, born at Canandaigua, New York, died at Santa Cruz, 
Cal., Dec. 30, 1869. 

184 Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Cal. [April, 

Fredrick E. Willson, born at Canandaigua, New York, died at San Jose . 
Cal., June 19,1865. 

Norman J. Willson, born July 1, 1857, drowned May 28, 1882. 

Chapin headstone. Harry — headstone. Perhaps children of J. Chapin Willson. 

Lot 25. 

Alfred son of John James and Mary Elizabeth Smith, drowned in San 
Francisco bay, May 7, 1856, ag d . 4 yrs. 

Two other graves in same brick enclosure unmarked. 

Two children's graves and a recent grave in enclosure fronting above and ap- 
parently connected. 

Lot 26. 
Elizabeth Hihn, born Sep. 9, 1861, died Aug*. 9, 1862. 
Hugo Hihn, born June 26, 1869, died Feb. 10, 1871. 

Lot 27. 
Mrs. C. Dreher, born Nov. 12, 1828, mother. 
Minnie Dreher, b. May 8, 1858, d. April 17, 1878. 
Mary Dreher, b. Jan. 13, 1856, d. June 17, 1879. 

John Dreher, a native of Germany, b. Sep. 23, 1814, d. Sep. 7, 1885, ag d . 
71, 11 m. 16 days. 
Infant grave unmarked. 

Lot 28. 
Addison, Jr., son of Addison and Sarah Newell, died Sep. 10, 1862, ag d . 
19 y. 2 m. 20 d. 

Sarah, wife of Addison Newell, d. Sep. 7, 1890, in the 74 year of her age. 
Native of Maine. 

Lot. 29. 

Sophia Elizabeth, wife of William White, born at Honolulu, S. I., July 4, 
1836, died May 26, 1863. 

Lot SO. 
Henry Van Valkenburgh, died Jan. 13, 1862, aged 33 years. 

Lot SI. 
Mary Eli Day, wife of Joseph Perkins, d. Apr. 12, 1868, aged 61 years. 
Infant grave alongside unmarked. 

Lot 82. 

Henry Rice, aged 80 years. 

Frances Minerva Thompson, b. Apr. 12, 1863, d. Dec. 25, 1865. 

Franklin Wilson Rice, beloved son of H. and L. M. Rice, aged 19 years. 

Walter H. Rice. 

H. R. 

Lot SS. 
Helen Mary Williams, mother, d. Jan. 22, 1881, aged 83 years. 
Alice, 1874. ] 
A.J. D., 1882. | 

Helen, 1883. } Children perhaps of H. M. Williams. 
John, 1887. | 
Louis, 1889. J 

1896.] Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Cal. 185 

Lot 34. 

Margaret E., wife of James B. Harris, d. Jan. 2, 1870, aged 20 y. 8 m. 
14 d. 

William F. Jenkins, d. Mch. 22, 1870, ag d . 59 y. 9 m. 5 d. 

Lot 35. 

Barbara Corbett, native of Scotland, aged 77. 
Maryan Corbett. 

Lot 36. 
P. W. 

A child's grave and another grave unmarked. 

Lot 37. 
Clara Belle, wife of H. W. Bassett, b. Sep. 30, 1864, d. Oct. 24, 1884. 

Lot 38. 
J. C. Marshall, aged 21 years, 7 months. 

Lot 39. 
Henry Pearce, died Feb. 8, 1887, aged 53 years. 

Lot 40. 
Otto N. Claussen, native of Germany, d. Mch. 24, 1878. 

Lot 41. 

Anna Marie, wife of J. F. Holtzman, born Sep. 5, 1845, died July 9, 
1878, aged 52 (32) y. 10 m. 4 d. 

Lot 42. 

Helen Frances Twichell, b. Feb. 28, 1838, d. July 10, 1877, ag d . 40 y. 4 
m. 10 d. 

Lot 43. 
Alonz. Witham, of Embden, Maine, d. May 16, 1863, aged 27 y. 4 m. 9 d. 

Lot 44- 
John Spier, son of the late Robert Spier, builder, of Montreal, Canada, 
died at Santa Cruz, Cal., 1872. 

Lot 45. 

Charles Tinkham, d. Apr. 23, 1890, aged 74 years, a native of Massachu- 

Lot 46. 
John Keeney, son of Jerome Keeney, born in New London, Conn. 

Lot 47. 
Hugo Kuppe, d. Dec. 30, 1889, aged 32 years. 

Lot 48. 

Oscar Ilader, died Oct. 14, 1888, aged 6 years. 
vol. l. 15 

186 Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Cal. [April, 

Lot 49. 

Maranda Moon, wife of Charles Carvalho, born Jan. 2, 1812, died Dec. 
9, 1880. 

Charles Carvalho, born Nov. 5, 1807, died May 17, 1888. 

Lot 50. 

Marie Christine Barbier, born at Valtin, Vosges, France, died at Loquel, 
Sta. Cruz Co. Oct. 9, 1879, aged 48 years. 
Inscription in French. 

Lot 51. 

John P. Lykins, b. Oct. 9, 1854, d. Dec. 27, 1882, aged 28 y. 2m. 18 d. 
Armenia Nancy Lykins, b. Dec. 30, 1881, d. Mch. 14, 1883, aged 14, 
2 m. 14 d. 

Lot 52. 

Emily, beloved wife of IT. D. Hollingsworth, daughter of W. B. Disbrow, 
died May 3, 1888, aged 29 years 8 days. 

Clara P., wife of R. S. McGinty, dau r . of W. B. Disbrow, died Dec. 16, 
1878, aged 22 years. 

Lot 53. 
Our Baby, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C A. Reynolds. 
Three other graves unmarked. 

Lot 54- 

Lot 55. 
H. H. Gray, died Aug. 26, 1876, aged 50 years. 

Lot 56. 

Ellen Shaw, wife of Charles Storrar, d. Feb. 6, 1869, aged QQ years. 
Charles Storrar, died June 2, 1873, aged 73 years. 
Charles Hogquist, died April 10, 1877, aged 47 years. 

Lot 57. 
Louden Nelson, a native of Tennessee, b. May 5, 1800, d. May 12, 1866. 

" He was a colored man and willed all his property to Santa Cruz School Dis- 
trict No. 1." 

Lot 58. 

Luis La Pierre, son of Luis and Teresa La Pierre, died Dec. 6, 1874, 
aged 18 years. 
A wooden cross. 

Lot 59. 

John Coveny, uative of City of Cork, Ireland, died Sep. 13, 1875, aged 
55 years. 

Lot 60. 
J. R. B. 

1896.] Partners in the Land Bank of 1740. 187 

Lot 61. 
Isaiah Pitman, son of Thomas and Caroline Pitman Carleton, Yarmouth, 
Nova Scotia, born Feb. 13, 1847, died at Santa Cruz, Cal., Feb. 26, 1876, 
ag d . 30 yrs. 

Lot 62. 

Charley, infant son of Joseph and Mary Reppata, died Apr. 12, 1877, 
aged 5 1 mos. 

Lot 68. 

Ida May Schenk, born May 7, 1876, d. Apr. 19, 1877. 

Lot 6.! h 
Ruthie H. Kimball, died June 8, 1877 ag rt . 3 years 10 mos. 

Lot 65. 

Robbie R. Senate, only child of Harry L. and Jane E. Senate, died June 
27, 1877, aged 5 y. 9 m, 27 d. 

Lot 66. 
Emma, wife of W. J. Dean, died May 25, 1877, aged 34 years. 

[To be continued.] 


BANK OF 1740. 

By Andrew McFarland Davis, S.B., of Cambridge, Mass. 

A recent examination of the papers connected with the Land Bank of 
1740 has enabled me to construct a list of those who were interested in this 
unfortunate financial experiment. The names of the directors, given in 
Drake's Boston, have been referred to by subsequent writers as though they 
were all who were connected with the affair. So great a misconception of 
the magnitude of this extraordinary folly needs correction. For this pur- 
pose it might perhaps be enough to refer to the supplement to the News 
Letter issued January 2, 1745-46. The long list of names of subscribers 
to the Land Bank therein contained would be in itself an adequate correc- 
tion of this error, and if this were all that was involved one might be con- 
tent with this reference, especially since after the destruction of the papers 
of the commissioners of the Land Bank when the court house was burned 
in 1747, this very list was by Act of the Assembly in 1748 declared to 
contain a true and exact account of the partners in the late Laud Bank 
scheme. Notwithstanding this declaration there were numerous subscribers 
whose names can be obtained from other sources, but do not appear in the 
columns of the News Letter. It may seem to be a matter of compara- 
tively little interest who were directly interested in this attempt to issue a 
currency based upon real estate. Yet when we reflect that for several 
years their numbers were so great that they were able to control the House 
of Representatives, and their influence in many of the towns was so pow- 

188 Partners in the Land Bank of 1740. [April, 

erful that the towns voted to take Land Bank notes for town rates, we 
must admit that they carried with them the sympathies of the people in 
their efforts to furnish what they termed a medium of trade. If in these 
attempts to establish the Land Bank they had the good wishes of a major- 
ity of the voters of the Province, we cannot doubt that the same influences 
aroused popular indignation when the scheme was suppressed through the 
extension to the colonies of an Act of Parliament passed twenty years pre- 
viously, which by its terms could never have been interpreted to apply to the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay. Indeed, during the interval between 
the passage of the original act, which is generally called the Bubble Act of 
1720, and the act through which it was declared to be in force and to have 
been in force all the time in the colonies, both the Board of Trade and the 
Attorney-General had placed themselves on record as being ignorant of any 
legislation through which proceedings like the organization of the Land 
Bank could be reached. It was essential, therefore, for Parliament to le- 
gislate that acts which were not in violation of any known statute were ille- 
gal and had been illegal from their inception. The means by which this 
was accomplished was to declare that the Bubble Act had from its passage 
applied to the colonies. This Parliamentary action brought to the atten- 
tion of the subscribers to the Land Bank and their sympathizers, not only 
what Hutchinson terms the transcendent power of Parliament, but also the 
will of Parliament to use this power in a way that was unreasonable and 
even tyrannical. It must have led men to question whether they could 
abide the exercise of any such power. It prepared them for resistance 
when they deemed such exercise unreasonable, and fostered the spirit which 
found expression when the attempt was made to raise revenue through a 
stamp act and a tax on tea. When we reflect, therefore, upon what was 
involved in being a subscriber to the Land Bank, we can readily see that 
many of the men whose names are to be found there must have been ready 
to follow the lead of any strong mind which could point out to them the 
means of protecting themselves from t}^ranny of this sort. This may prove 
a compensation to those who shall find the name of some ancestor asso- 
ciated with this absurd folly. 

The list which I submit is prepared from numerous papers in the Massa- 
chusetts Archives and the Suffolk County Files. The documents upon 
which I have especially relied may be subdivided into Lists of Subscribers 
furnished by the company, Lists of Subscribers made up by the commission- 
ers, and Lists of Mortgagors furnished by the Registers of Deeds. In addi- 
tion to these sources of information, proceedings instituted by the Attorney 
General, suits by possessors of bills and by the commissioners, warrants 
of distress issued by the commissioners, and fragments of the accounts of 
the commissioners, have been found to be of assistance. The names upon 
the list thus made up from manuscript sources have been checked with 
those to be found in the list in the supplement of the News Letter, which 
was made official by the Act of the Assembly after the burning of the court 

The phonetic spelling in some of the papers would indicate that the 
names were called off by one person and inscribed by another. I have 
grouped together names of widely different orthography, where this seemed 
to me a plausible explanation of the eccentricities of the compilers of the 
lists, but in order that those who wish to make use of the list may be put 
upon their guard, I have indicated the various spellings under which the 
names have been found. The peculiarities of the chirography are in some 

1896.] Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 189 

instances also a source of doubt as to what the writer was actually trying 
to put down, but in the main I think the solution which I have adopted 
may be relied on. 

In some instances the residence of the subscriber seems to have been in 
doubt. The subscribers from Woodstock are for instance sometimes put 
down as from Worcester. It will be remembered that in the days of the 
bank Woodstock was set off to Connecticut, and this will explain why the 
residence was changed in the return to Worcester, the place where the 
mortgage was recorded. In other instances the subscribers changed their 
residences. During these protracted proceedings there was plenty of op- 
portunity for this, and it is rather a source of surprise to find so few with 
alternative residences than of wonder that we should find as many as we 
do. In a few instances I have found a name in one of the company's lists 
which was not repeated in the other, but in the second I have found a name 
of somewhat different spelling which I have thought was in all probability 
intended for the same person as the one described by the name in question in 
the other list. Where I have felt doubtful in such cases I have put both 
names down, giving a cross reference with the second entry. 

In order that some knowledge might be gained of the participation of 
subscribers in this affair I have given references to the more important of 
the papers in which each name is to be found. From these it will be seen 
that there were quite a number of persons who were original subscribers, 
but who did not proceed beyond that point, while on the other hand there 
were many who did not come in at first, but who joined in the affair at a 
later date and suffered in consequence. 

The total number of names on this list, throwing out those which are 
merely inserted as cross references, is twelve hundred and fifty-two. The 
list which is referred to as B in my references is undoubtedly the oldest of 
the two company lists. Throwing out duplicate entries there are three 
hundred and eighty names transferred from it to these pages. It is in all 
probability the list which was submitted to the General Court at the De- 
cember session, 1739, when application was made for a charter> as was then 
stated, by John Colman and three hundred and ninety-five others. Felt ar- 
ranged the papers in the archives according to the latest date that he could 
find upon them, and in pursuance of that plan he placed this document after 
the one which I refer to as A. The number of entries which I have ob- 
tained from A is nine hundred and twenty, which was about the number of 
subscribers just after their organization in the fall of 1740. Notwithstand- 
ing the fact that there is no date upon it to indicate that it should be placed 
in the archives in chronological sequence among the papers of that date, it 
cannot be doubted that it belongs there. Both of these lists were made up 
by the officers of the company. The list referred to as O was found among 
the papers of the commissioners. The names entered therein are arranged 
alphabetically and number eight hundred and nine. The supplement of the 
News Letter of January 1745-46 contains eight hundred and twenty-one 
names, which correspond very closely with those in list O. 

Of the three hundred and eighty names which appear in B, sixteen are 
not to be found in any other list. One hundred and eighty-nine are to 
be found only in A, and twenty-seven are entered only in A and B. 
Altogether, then, we have the names of two hundred and thirty-two per- 
sons whose enthusiasm died out before they were called upon to take any of 
the notes of the Land Bank, and who although they were subscribers did 
not go beyond that step. Deducting this number from our total, we have 

190 Partners in the Land Bank of 1740. [April, 

one thousand and twenty as the number of those who can be demonstrated 
to have actually participated in the scheme. Of these, four names are fur- 
nished by a list of Partners who have paid their assessments, referred to as 
N; nineteen names are derived solely from the alphabetical list, referred to 
as O; eleven are gained from the lists of mortgages returned to the Gover- 
nor by the Registers of Deeds; nineteen are found only in the files and 
records of Suffolk County, in some of the various legal proceedings against 
the Partners ; and three names are only to be met with in the list pub- 
lished by the commissioners in the News Letter. 

The length of the list would have been much extended if I had not in 
many instances consolidated, under one heading, names which if entered by 
careful clerks I should have been compelled to enter separately. Bridgham 
does not of necessity stand for Brigham. Fayerback would not ordinarily 
be interpreted Fairbank. Gutridge suggests Goodridge, but would not be 
refused a separate entry if one had full respect for the clerk who wrote the 
name. Naulton when written does not of itself bring before us Knowlton. 
Lece and Lee, Rist and Rice, Robertson, Roberson and Robinson are not 
respectively so much alike that they could not be awarded separate entries. 
Yet I have run them together, being governed in my conclusions somewhat 
by the different lists in which the names were found, the association with 
Christian names and with places of residence. In the case of Robertson 
and Robinson I have been unable to make any distinction, although it is pos- 
sible that a person familiar with the family record might do so. If Muzzey 
is properly associated with Murray it must be due of course to chirography. 
The name certainly looks like Muzzey. and yet it only furnishes one link 
in the entries for Murray. There is, however, sufficient indication of my 
handiwork in making these consolidatious to put the genealogist upon his 

It has been my intention to preserve every name which appears in A, B, 
0, in the mortgage returns, or in the official list in the News Letter. The 
Suffolk files have only been referred to where they contribute a new name 
or add information as to an old one. 

Table of References. 

The reference letters following each name in the subjoined list are in- 
tended to reveal the paper upon which the entry is founded. By examin- 
ing the accompanying table the reader can ascertain the several sources of 
authorities designated by the respective letters. 

A Mass. Archives 102, 44. List of Subscribers, Feb. 29, 1739-40— with 

amount of assessment in cash. 920 names 



E '• " 

E " " 


T l< t< 

J " " 


L " " 



O " " 



List of Subscribers. 

March 1739-40 380 

1 1 



Suliblk Registry 

returns Dec. 19 1740 122 

i i 



Middlesex " 


Dec. 22 " 119 

1 1 



Essex " 


Dec. 30 " 115 




Barnstable " 


" " 10 

( ( 



Worcester " 


Jan. 1 1741 165 

t i 



c< tc 


5 " 8 




Plymouth " 


5 " 42 

( c 



Bristol " 


27 " 50 




Worcester " 


March 5 « 17 






9 " 7 

« i 



Worcester ' ' 


13 " 19 



, 83-99. List of some of the Partners who have 


their assessments. 580 



■112. Alphabetical List of Land Bank Subscribers. 


1896.] Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 191 

P Mass. Archives 270, 755-768. List of Delinquents. 

Q " " 104, 496. Report of Commissioners. 

R " " Suffolk Court Files and Records. 

S " " News Letter, Nov. 15, 1744. Jan^ 2, 1745-46. 

Partners in the Land Bank. 

Abbott. Bailey, Baley, Bayley. 

Jonathan, Andover. G. Israel. A, B. 

Adams, Addams, Addam. Josiah, Lunenberg. A, B, G, N, Q, S. 

Benjamin. A. Sarah, Lunenberg. O. 
Joseph, Concord. A, B, D, N, 0, S. Baker. 

Josiah, Mendon. A, B, G, N, O, R, S. Isaac, Eastham. A, F, O, S. 

Nathaniel, Dedham. A. John, Boxford. E, O, S. 

Samuel, Boston, A, B, N, 0, F, S. Obadiah, Swanzey. N, O, R, S. 

Thomas, Ipswich. E,N, O, S. Thomas, Lynn. A, E, N, O, S. 

William, Rowley or Beverly. A, B, E, Thomas, Topsfleld. 0, R, S. 
N, 0, S. Balcom, Bolcom. 

Alden. Barrack or Beyrack. A, B. 
Daniel, Jr., Bridgewater. A, B, R. Baldwin, Balden. 

Aldrich, Aldridge, Alleridge. Daniel. A. 

Edward, Uxbridge. A, B, G, O, S. David, Leicester. A, G, N, 0, S. 

Jacob, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, O, Q, S. Isaac. A, B. 

Seth, Uxbridge. A, G, N, O, S. John, Mendon. A. 

Allen. Samuel, Leicester. G, N, 0, S. 
Daniel, Bridgewater. N, 0, S. Ball, Bald. 

Jacob, Bridgewater. A. N. 0. S. Nathaniel, Concord. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 
James, Chilmark. P. R. S. Barber. 

Jeremiah, Rehoboth. A, J, N, 0, S. Hezekiah, Dorchester. A, C, N, 0, S. 

John, Jr., Braintree. A, C, 0, F, R, S. Robert, Worcester. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 
Jonathan. A, B. Barker. 

Joseph, Chilmark. A, 0. Caleb, Hanover. N, 0, R, S. 

Nehemiah. A. Daniel, Boston. A, N, 0, S. 
Samuel, Manchester. A, E, N, 0, S. Barrett, Barret. 

Thomas, Gloucester. E, N, 0, R, S. Isaiah, Boston. C, N, 0, S. 

Thomas Allert. A. Joseph, Chelmsford. A, B, N, 0, S. 

Amadown, Amidown. Batcheler, Batcheller, Batchel- 

Ichabod. A, B. lor, Batchelor, Batchelter. 

Ames. David, Grafton. A, B, G, 0, S. 

Nathaniel, Dedham. A, C, N, 0, R, S. Joseph, Wenham. A, N, 0, S. 

Andrews. Bass, Buss. 

Nathaniel. A. John, Lancaster. G, N, 0, R, S. 

Samuel, Dighton. A, J, 0, P, S. Joseph, Dorchester. A, B, C, N, 0, S. 

Arnold. Beal, Beale. 

Joseph, Stoneham. A, D, N, 0, S. Benjamin, Braintree. A, B, C, N, 0, 

Ashley. R, S. 

Israel. A. Lazarus. A. 
Noah. A, R. Beaman. 

Aspinwall, Aspinall, Aspinwell, Eclmond. A. 


Nathaniel, Woodstock. A, G, N, 0, S. Benjamin. A, B. 
Thomas, Brookline. A, B, C, N, 0, S. Beigiiton. 

Atherton. John, Dorchester. A, B, C, N, 0, S. 
John. A. Belcher. 

Peter. A, B. Clifford, Stoughton. A, B, C, N, 0, S. 

Atkin. Jonathan, Chelsea. C, N, 0, R, S. 

Joseph. R. Moses. A. 

Atwood, Attwood. Belknap, Belnap. 

John, Eastham. A, F, 0, P, S. Samuel, Woburn. A, D, N, 0, R, S. 

Auchmuty. Bennett, Bennit, Bennet. 

Robert, Boston. A, B, N, 0, S. Joseph. A. 

Samuel, Middleborough. A, I, N, P, S. 

Badkock, Badcock. Benson. 

Nathan. A, B. Benoni, Mendon. A, G, N, 0, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 



Joseph, Milton. A, B, C, N, O, S. 
Thomas, Sudbury. A, B, N, O, S. 

Joseph, Framingham. A, D, N, O, S. 

Bigelow, Biglo. 
Daniel, Worcester. A, B, G, N, O, S. 
Joshua, Weston. A, D, N, O, S. 

Elkanah. A. 


Daniel, Brimfield. A. 


Elisha, Pembroke. I, N, O, S. 
John, Pembroke. I ? N, 0, S. 

Blanchard, Blancher. 
Hezekiah, Boston. A, O, R, S. 
John, Weymouth. A, B, C, O, S. 
Joseph, Dunstable. O, P, S. 
Joseph, Littleton. A, D, N, O, R, S, 
Nathaniel, Weymouth. A, B, C, N, P,S. 
Samuel, Maiden. D, O, S. 

Blaney, Blany. 
Benjamin, Maiden. C, D, N, O, R, S. 

John, Concord. A, D, N, O, S. 
Jonathan, Concord. A, B, D, O, S. 

Blower, Blowers. 
John, Boston. A, B, C, N, O, S. 

John, Ipswich. A, E, N, O, S. 

Bolster, Botster. 
Isaac, Uxbridge. A, G, N, 0, Q, S. 

Edward, Leicester. N, O, S. 

Henry, Mendon. A, B, G, O, P, R, S. 

James. A, B. 

John. A, B. 

William. A, B. 


Benjamin. Jr., Mendon. G, P, R, S. 
David, Mendon. G, O, P, R, S. 


Benjamin, Jr., Mendon. O. 
Daniel, Worcester. A, B, G, N, O, S. 
John, Worcester, A, B, G, N, 0, S. 
Joseph. A, B. 

Hilkiah. B. 

Richard, Braintree. P, R. 

Edward. A, B. 

Allen. A. 

Daniel, Framingham. N, O, S. 

Brigham, Bridgham. 
Charles. A. 
Samuel, Sudbury. A, B, 0, S. 

Brintnall, Brentnall, Brintnal, 
Benjamin, Chelsea. N, O, R, S. 
John, Chelsea, C, O, S. 
Paul, Sudbury. A, B, D, O, P, R, S. 
Peneas or Phyneas. A, B. 

Brown, Browne. 
Eleazer, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. 
Ephraim, Stow. A, D, N, O, S. 
John, Ipswich. A, D, N, R, S. 
John, Leicester. A, G, N, O, S. 
John. Newbury. A. 
John y Watertown. A, D, N, O, R, S. 
John, Jr., Ipswich. A, E. 
Josiah, Cambridge. A, B, D, N, O, P> 

R, S. 
Luke, Worcester. A, G, N, O, S. 
Samuel, Leicester or Stockbridge. A y 

G, N, O, Q. R, S. 
Timothy. A. 

William, Leicester. A, G, O, S, 
William, Newbury. A. 
Zachariah, Leicester. A, G, 0, S. 

Jonathan, Boston. 0, P, R, S. 
Samuel, Scituate. A, N, O, R. 

John. A, B. 

Col. Joseph. A. 


Samuel, North Yarmouth. A, B, N, 
O, S. 
Buffum, Buff am. 
Joshua, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. 


Daniel. A. 


David. A. 

Daniel, Rehoboth. N, O, R, S. 
William, Rehoboth. N, 0, S. 


Ebenezer, Suffield. 0, P, R, S. 


James, Boston. O, P, R, S. 

Josiah, Westford, A, D, N, 0, S* 
Samuel, Wareham. A, O, P, S. 

Burley, Burleigh. 
Andrew, Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, S. 


David, Hopkinton. A, D, N, O, S. 
Jonathan, Hopkinton. A, D, N, 0, R, S- 

Samuel, Middleboro'. O. 

John, Bridgewater. A, I, N, 0, S. 

John, Salem. E, N, 0, S. 

Hilkiah. A. (See Boynton?) 

Byles, Boyles. 
Charles, Gloucester. E, N, 0> £k 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Byram, Byrum, Byran. 
Ebenezer, Bridgewater. I, O, S. 
Josiah. A, B. 

Joseph. K. 

Samuel, Oxford. G, O, P, R, S. 

Samuel. A. 

Capen, Capan, Capon. 
Edward, Dorchester. A, B, C, N, 0, 

R, S. 
John, Dorchester. A, 0, R, S. 
Samuel, Dorchester. 0, R, S. 
Samuel, Leicester. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 

Banfield, Bellingham. O, P, R, S. 

John, Sudbury. R. 

Eliphalet, Woodstock. A, N, 0, P, R, S. 
William, Attleborough. N, 0, S. 

John. A. 

Stephen. A. 

John. A, B. 

Eleazer, Bridgewater. A, I, N, 0, S. 

Allen, Bristol. J, 0, P, R, S. 
Jonathan, Bridgewater. A, I, 0, P, 

Samuel, Littleton. 0. 

Caswell, Caswall. 
Jedediah, Norton. A, N, 0, P, S. 
John, Norton. A, N, O, R, S. 

Joel, Woodstock or Worcester. A, G, 

0, P, R, S. 
Joseph, Woodstock. G, N, 0, S. 
Josiah. A. 

John, Chelsea. A, C, N, 0, R, S. 
Joseph. A. 

Josiah, Bradford. E, N, 0, S. 

Ebenezer, Mendon. B, G, N, 0, S. 
John, Mendon. B, G, N, 0, S. 
Jonathan, Kingsfield, Kingstown or 
Brimfield. L, N, O, R, S. 

Peter, Boston. A, B, N, O, S. 

Philip, Sutton. A, G, H, N, O, S. 

Nathan, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 
Thomas, Lynn. A, B, N, O, R, S. 
Timothy.- R. 
William, Lynn. A. 


John, Sudbury. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 

Child, Childs. 
Ebenezer, Woodstock. A, G, N, O, P, 

R, S. 
Jonathan, Grafton. A, B, G, O. R, S. 
Joshua, Worcester. A, B, O, P, R, S. 

Choate, Choat. 
Francis, Ipswich. A, E, N, O, S. 
John, Ipswich. A, N, 0. 
Robert. A. 
Thomas, Jr., Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Benjamin. A. 

Nathaniel, Dartmouth. I, O, P, S. 
Richard, Rochester. A, I, N, O, S. 

Clap, Clapp. 
Ebenezer, Rochester. A, I, N, O, S. 
Ebenezer, Stoughton. A, C, N, 0, S. 
John, Scituate. N, O, S. 
Peter. R. 

Ebenezer, Wrentham. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Edward, Methnen. A, E, O, R, S. 
Robert, Uxbridge. A, G, N, 0, P, S. 
William, Jr., Townsend. A, B, D, N, 
O, S. 

Cleaves, Cleeves, Cleves. 
Benjamin, Beverly. A, E, 0, S. 
Ebenezer, Beverly. A, B, E, O, S. 

Joseph, Salem. A, N, 0, S. 

Cobb, Cobbs. 
Morgan, Taunton. A, O, P, R, S. 
Thomas. P. 


John, Littleton. A, D, N, O, S. 


Job, Boston. A, B, C, O, P, S. 


. P. 


Abraham. A. 
Jeremiah. A. 
Samuel, Dracut. A, O, R, S. 

Jonathan, Beverly. A, B, E, N, S. 

Rebecca, Boston. A, C, N, O, S. 

John, Boston. A, B, O, P, S. 

Comins, Comings, Cummins. 
Jacob, Oxford. A, G, N, O, S. 
Josiah, Rehoboth. 6, P, R, S. 


Benjamin, Dudley. A, M, N, 0, S. 

Lot. A. B. 

William, Acton. A, B, D, N, O, S. 

Cook, Cooke. 
Samuel. A. B. 
William, Kingston. A, I, O, P, R, S. 

John, Rochester or Brunswick. N, O, 
R, S. 


Partners hi the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Robert, Boston. R. 


John, Bellingham. A, 0, P, Q, R, S. 


Ebenezer. A. 
Eli, Woodstock. H. 
Jabez, Woodstock or Worcester. A, 
H, 0, P, R, S. 
Corey, Coory. 
Samuel, Littleton. A, N, S. 


Jonathan, Methuen. A, B, E, 0, S. 


Samuel. B. (Perhaps same as Samuel 

David, Beverly. A, B, E, N, O, S. 

John, Boston. C, N, 0, S. 

Cowdrey & Morse, Boston. S. 

Crapo, Crapoo. 
Peter, Rochester. A, I, N, 0, S. 

Benjamin, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. 
Joseph, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. 

Thomas. A. 

Curtis, Curtice. 
Theophilus, Stoughton. A, C, N, 0, S. 


James, Scituate. N, R, S. 
Moses, Hingham. A, B, N, 0, S. 
Sam., Scituate. O. 

James, Cambridge. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 


Joseph, Stow. D, N, O, S. 

John, Uxbridge. 0. 
Joseph, Uxbridge. A, B, N, S. 

David. A, B. 

Andrew, Acton. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 

Darling, Darlin. 
David, Wrentham. A, C, N, 0, P, S. 
John, Menclon. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

Barnabas, Littleton. A, D, G, N, 0, S. 
Benjamin, Gloucester. A, B, N, O, S. 
Ebenezer, Harvard. A, G, N, 0, S. 
Eleazer. A. 

Joseph, Worcester. 0, P, R, S. 
Joshua, Woodstock. H, P, R, S. 

Davison, Davidson, Davinson, 
John, Dudley. A, M, O, R, S. 

Joseph. A. 

Joseph, Wenham. A, R. 
Timothy. A. 


Ichabod, Taunton. A, N, 0, S. 
Samuel, Dedham. A, I, N, O, S. 

Oliver, Eramingham. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 

Delino, Delano, Delana. 
Jonathan. A. 
Nathaniel, Dartmouth. A, I, N, 0, S. 

Joseph, Jr., Woodstock. M. 

Ebenezer. A. 

Dewey, Dewy. 
David. A. 
Moses. A. 
Zedekiah. A. B. 

Andrew, Needham. A, B, C, N, S. 

Ephraim, Rochester or Plymouth. A., 

I, N, O, R, S. 
Richard, Maiden. A. B, N, 0, S. 


John, Stoughton. A. C, N, R, S. 

John, Jr., Stoughton. A, C, N, O, W, 
R, S. 

John, Beverly. A, B, N, O, S. 

John, Wenham. A, E, O, S. 

Jo si ah, Wenham, Wrentham or Wor- 
cester. E, N, 0, W, R, S. 

Noah, Beverly. E, O, Q, S. 

Parker, Ipswich. A, E, N, O, S. 

William. A. 


Ebenezer (Plymouth Co.) A, I. 
Isaac, Braintree. A, B, C, N, 0, R, S. 

Douglas, Duglass. 
Asa. A. 
Noa. B. 

Thomas, Grafton. A, N. 

Thomas, Grafton. A, 0, R, S. 
Zedekiah, Bedford. D, O, Q, S. 

Joseph, Concord. A. B, 0, R, S. 
Samuel, Sutton. A, H. 


John, Stoughton. 0. 


Samuel, Kingsfleld. A. 


Samuel, Wrentham. C, 0, R, S. 


Abraham. A. 


Thomas. P. 

Benjamin, Ipswich. A, E, 0, S. 

Dyer, Dyre. 
Benjamin. A, B. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740, 


Benjamin, Shrewsbury. A, G, N, 0, 
R, S. 
Joseph, Dracut. 0, S. 
Eastabrooke, Easterbrook, East- 
erbrooks, estabrooks, esta- 


Benjamin, Sudbury. A,B,D,N,0,R,S. 
Thomas, Concord. A, B, N, O, S. 

Eayres, Eyers, Eayers. 
Moses, Boston. C, O, R, S. 

Edmonds, Edmunds. 
Ebenezer, Dudley or Worcester. A, 

G, N, O, R, S. 
Joseph. A. 
Robert, Lynn. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Josiah, Bridgewater. I, N, O, R, S. 

Jonathan, Woodstock. O, P, R, S. 

Benjamin, Dedham. C, N, 0, S. 
Eleazer, Dedham. C, O, P, R, S. 
Joseph, Dedham. C, O, S. 
William, Dedham, C, N, O, S. 

Emerson, Emmerson. 
Ephraim, Dighton. J, O, P, S. 
Nathaniel, Mendon. A, B, M, O, P, S. 

William, Boston. A, B, C, N, O, P, R, S. 

Esty, Esti, Easty. 
Isaac, Sutton. A, G, 0, S. 
Joseph, Stoughton. A, B, C, N, O, R, S. 


Edward. A. 
Isaac. A, B. 
James. A. 

Fairbank, Fairbanks, Fayerbach. 
Joshua, Wrentham. A, C, N, O, S. 
Eleazer, Sherburn. A, B, D, O, R, S. 

John, Arundel. A, 0, R, S. 

Farnum, Farnam. 
John, Uxbridge. A, B, N, O, R, S. 

Benjamin, Groton. A, N, 0, S. 
Isaac, Groton. A, O, S. 
Jonathan, Harvard. A, B, G, N, O, R, S. 
Jonathan, Jr., Harvard. A, B, G, N, 
O, R, S. 

Stephen, Stow. A, B, N, 0, S. 

Farran, Farraii. 
George, Jr. A, B. 

Isaac, Dunstable. O, P, S. 

Faunce, Fance. 
Joseph, Middleborough. I, O, P, S. 

Fay, Fa ye. 
Moses, Southborough or Hopkinton, 
A, G, N, 0, Q, R, S. 

Thomas, Braintree. A, C, N, O, S. 

Israel. A. 

Mark, Brimfield. A. 

Daniel, Bridgewater. A, 0, R, S. 
Job. A. 

Finney, Finey. 
John, Norton. A, B, J, O, P, S. 
Pelatiah, Bridgewater. R. 

Daniel, Dighton. N, O, S. 
Stephen, Uxbridge. A, G, N, 0, S- 

John, Needham. A, O. 

Benjamin. A. 
Eleazer. A, B. 

Edward. A. 

Hugh. A. 

Benjamin, Chelsea. A, C, O, R, S. 
Hugh, Chelsea. C, N, O. S. 
John, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 
Samuel, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 

Ford, Foord. 
Cadwallader, Wilmington. A, B, D. 

O, S. 
Hezekiah, Abington or Weymouth. A> 
B, I, N, 0,R. 

John, Jr., Attleborough. O, P r R, S. 
Jonathan, Attleborough. J, 0, P, Q,. 

R, S. 
Moses, Littleton, Lunenberg or Dor- 
chester Canada. N, O, R, S. 

Joseph, Ipswich. A, E, N, O, S. 
Samuel. A. 

John, Concord. A, D, O, S* 

John, Norton. A, J, O, S. 
Jonathan. A. 

William, Billerica. A, B, D, N, 0> 
R, S. 

Frisell, Frizzell. 
Andrew. A, B. 

Joseph, Brimfield or Kingsiield. L, 0» 
R, S. 

Fuller, Fooler. 
John, Barnstable. A. 
Thomas, Lynn. A, B, E, N, O, S. 
Timothy, Middleton. A, E, N, O, R, S. 


Arthur, Boston. N, 0. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Daniel, Salem. A, E, O, S. 
John, Ipswich or Salem. A, E, N, O, 

R, S. 
Thomas, Needham. A, C, N, O, S. 

John. U. 

Gaskill, Gaskel, Guskill. 
Jonathan, Menclon or Worcester. A, 
B, G, 0, P, R, S. 


Isaac, Sudbury. A, B, N, O, S- 
John. A. 
Joseph. B. 
Robert. P. 

Timothy, Jr. A. 


William. A. 

Benjamin, Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, S. 
John. A, B. 
Joseph, Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, S. 


David, Bridgewater. A, B, N, 0, S. 
James. A, B. 

John, Bridgewater or Sudbury. D, N, 
O, R, S. 
Gleason, Gleeson, Glezen, Gles- 


Ebenezer, Framingham. N, 0, S. 
Isaac, Sudbury. A, D, O, S. 
John. A, B. 
Samuel, Framingham. N, O, S. 

John, Dorchester. B, M, O, S. 
Thomas. A, B. 

Richard, Wenham or Littleton. E, N, 

O, It, S. 
Zaccheus, Wenham. E, N, O, S. 


David, Salem or Danvers. A, E, N, David, Sutton. A, B, G, N, O, R, S 

O, R, S. John, Medford. A, D, 0, S. 

Goodale, Goodell, Goodel. Lechem. R. 

Jacob, Salem or Danvers. E, G, W, Pelatiah, Dorchester. A, C, N, O, S. 

Benjamin, Lunenburg. A, B, G, O, P, 

R, S. 
David, Groton. A, B, D, N, 0, R, S. 
Jacob. A, B. 
Samuel, Sudbury. A, B, D, N, O, S. 


Palmer, Worcester. A, G, N, 0, S. 

John. B. 

Graton, Grayton. 
John, Leicester. O, Q, R, S. 

Ezra. A, B. 

John, Concord. A, B, D, O, S. 
Samuel. A. 

William, Boston. R. 

Thomas. B. 

Thomas. A. (Probably same person 
as preceding entry.) 

Richard. A, B. 

Edward, Sudbury. A, B, D, O, R, S. 
Edward, Jr., Sudbury. A, B, N, O, 

R, S. 
John, Lunenburg. A, G, N, O, Q, S. 

Aaron. A. 

Hagar, Hager. 

Ebenezer, Marlborough. A, D, N, Q, S. 

Jonathan, Newbury. A. 
Robert, Beverly. A, N, 0, R, S. 

Haliburton, Halllburton, Haly- 
burton, Hallyburton. 
Andrew, Boston. B, N, 0, P, S. 


R, S. 


Stephen, Stow. A, B, D, N, O, R, S. 
Zaccheus, Sutton. A, B, G, N, 0. 

Joseph, Sudbury. A, B, D 3 N, 0, R, S. Zecharia, Sutton or New Braintree. 
Nathan or Nathaniel, Sudbury. A, B, B, R, S. 

Hallo way, Halliway. 
William. A, B. 

Haly, Haley. 
Samuel. A, B. 


N, O, S. 
Goodhue, Goodheugh. 
Benjamin, Salem. A, N, O, S. 
John, Jr. A. 


Benjamin, Lunenburg. A, B, G, N, Benjamin, Wilmington. N, S. 

O, S. Hammond. 

Joshua. A. John. A. 

Goodspeed. Joseph, Rochester. I, N, O, S. 

Nathaniel. A. Nathaniel. A. 


David, Barnstable. A. Thomas, Sutton. A, B, O, P, R, S. 

Ebenezer, Barnstable. A. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Aaron, Grafton. A, B, O, S. 
Penias or Phyneas. A, B. 
Timothy, Bradford. A, E, N, O, S. 

Harndon, Harnden, Harenden. 
Benjamin, Wilmington. A, 0, R. 

Andrew, Harvard. A, G, N, O, S, 

Harrenden, Harrandln. 
Samuel. A, B. 

Harrington, Harrinton. 
Joseph, Weston. A, 1), N, 0, R, S. 

Hartshorn, Heartshorn. 
Ebenezer, Charlestown. A, D, O, S. 
Nathaniel, Marlborough. O. 

Benjamin, Grafton or Shrewsbury. 

G, N, O, R, S. 
John, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

Nathaniel, Sudbury. A, B, D, O, S. 
William, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 

Haskell, Haskel, Hascall, Has- 
James, Gloucester. A, E, O, S. 
Joseph, Rochester. O, S. 
Mark, Gloucester. A, E, O, S. 

Colonel. A. 

Estes. B. (Probably same person as 
preceding entry.) 

Hathaway, Hatheway. 
Ebenezer, Freetown. J, O, R, S. 
Ephraim, Dighton. A, J, N, O, R, S. 

Hathorn, Harthorn, Hearthan, 
Nathaniel, Marlborough. A, D, N, S. 
Samuel, Wilmington. A, D, N, O, R, S. 

Stephen. B. 

Hawks, Hawkes. 
Elkanah, Lynn. A, B, E, N, O, S. 
John, Lynn. A, B, N, O, S. 
John, Jr., Lynn. A, B, E, N, O, R, S. 
John, 3d, Lynn. E. 
Moses, Lynn. A, B, E, N, S. 

Hayden. • 

John, Braintree. A, C, N, O, S. 
Samuel, Braintree. A, C, O, P. S. 
Haynes, Haines, Haine, Hains. 
John, Jr., Sudbury. A, tt, D, O, R, S. 
Stephen. A. 
Haywood, Hayward, Haward, 
Ebenezer, Bridgewater. A, I, 0, R, S. 
Ebenezer, Marlborough. 0. 
Eleazer, Brookrield. J, O, P, S. 
Josiab, Concord. A, B, D, N, O, S. 
Haziltine, Hazeltine, Heazeltine, 


Daniel, Mendon. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

Ebenezer, Freetown. N. 

John, L pton. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 

Edward, Swanzey. P, R. 

Amos, Concord. A, B, N, O, S. 

Israel, Boston. A, C, N, O, S. 
Solomon, Boston. A, C, O, P, S. 

Elisha, Worcester. A, G, N, O, S. 

Hen dion. 
Josiah. A. 

Herbert, Harbert. 
Joseph. A, B. 

Herd, Heard. 
Zachariah, Sudbury. A, D, N, O, S, 

Herrick, Herreck, Harrick. 
Robert, Manchester. A, B, E, N, O, S. 
Rufus. A. 

He wes, Hews. 
George, Boston. O, P, R, S. 
Robert. R. 

Solomon, Wrentham. A, B, C, 0, P, 
R, S. 

Hicks, Hicke. 
John, Westborough or Sutton. A, B, 

G, N, O, R, S. 
Joshua. A. 

Highland, Hyland. 
John. A. B. 

John. A, B. 
Joseph, Jr. A. 

Hopestill. A. 

David, Brimfteld. A, L, N, O, S. 


Daniel, Lynn. A, E, N, O, R, S. 

Ho are, Hoar. 
Daniel. A, B. 


Josiah Weston. A, B, D, N, O, S. 

Hodges, SIogges. 
Benjamin, Norton. A, J, N, O. S. 
Ebenezer, Norton. A, B, J, R, S. 
Henry, Taunton. J, N, O, S. 


John, Eastham. A, B, F, N, O, P, R, S. 
John, Grafton. A, G, N, O, R, S. 


James, Worcester. A, B, G, S. 
Samuel, Worcester. O. 


Gideon, Sandwich. A. 

holman, holmon, holomon, hol- 
loman, Soman. 
Solomon, Sutton. A, B, G, N, O, R, S. 

Holmes, Holms. 
Ebenezer, Roxbnry. A, B, C, O, P, S. 
Nathaniel, Dorchester. A, B, C, 0, S. 

Richard, Boston, A, B, C, O, P, R, S. 

[To be continued.] 


Revolutionary Pay Rolls. 



[Copied for the Register by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston.] 


Camp Prospect Hill November the 8 1775. 

We the Subscribers Commission officers Non Commission d officers and 
Privates Recv d of W m Perkins Capt : Pay for the Month of September 
according to the abstract in full 

Will m Perkins 
David Allen 
Samuel Treat 
Joseph Loring 
Zaccheus Dunnell 
Ralph Bingham 
Eliakim Caswell 
Ephraim Titus 
James moory 
Henry Farington 
Daniel Duncan 
Job Littlefield 
Penegrine White 
Isaiah Audebert 
Robert Cook 
Samuel Trefry 
Alexander Hutchinson 
William McGilveray 
ionathan farly 

John Bancroft 
Jacob Hardy 
Benjamin Witham 
John Noonan 
Benjamin Burley 
Simon Whetcomb 
Joseph Nye 
James Mecoy 
William Coney 
W m . McCleary 
Robert Savory 
Thomas Herbert 

Thomas x Matthews 

John Grant 
John Rike 

John x Howard 


Alexander Douglass 
Connelius Baker 
John Andrews 
Joseph Mathews 
Josiah Perkins 
Joseph foster 

Will" 1 x croston 

Daniel Hodgdon 
Ebz r [Eliz r ?] x Howard 

John x Willson 

his mark 
Samuel Rogers 
John Presott bachelder 

June 29th, 1776. 

We the subscribers Cornniission'd non Commission'd Officers & Matrosses 
have received of Cap* Wili m Perkins our Wages for the month April, Bil- 
litting & Blankett Money, with deduction of 10 shillings each man for 

Sam 1 Treat L* 
Hardy Peirce Lt 
David Allen Esq. 
Joseph Loring Lieut. 
Isaiah Audebert 
Jesse Fosdick 
Thomas Wales 
Jonathan Wharff 
John Robinson 

David Forstor 
Charles Ivory 
William Wharff 
Arthur Wharf 
James Addams 
Solomon morgan 
Israel Herrick 
Abraham Rand 
Enoch Corey 

Christopher Stephenson Benjamin Witham 
John williams his 

David Avery Richard x Simson 

William Thomas mark 

James Mertho 

Nathanal x Allen 

Josiah Parkins 
Benjamin Ivory 
Joseph Whitmore 
Henry Farrington 
William Deaniels 
Joseph Spear 
Joseph White 
Zaccheus Dunnell 


Revolutionary Pay Rolls, 



New York, August 14, 1776. 
We the Subscribers, Commission'd, non Commission'd Officers & Ma- 
trosses have received of Cap* William Perkins our Wages for the Month of 
June, with a deduction often shillings from Each non-Commission'd officers 
& Matrosses for Cloathing. 

Hardy Peirce Liu* 
Joseph White 
William Wharff 
Abraham Rand 
Isa h Audebert 
Joseph Spear 
Enoch Corey 

Nathanil x Allen 

Joseph Whitmore 
Henry Farrington 
James Addams 
Jesse Fosdick 
Benjamin Ivory 
William Deaniels 
Zaccheus Dunnell 
Charles Ivory 

David Avery 
Benjamin Witham 
Joseph Loring Lieu 1 
Sam 1 Treat Lieu* 
David Allen Cap 1 Lieu* 

Rec (1 of Cap* William Perkins the full months 
pay for June for five men, Viz John Williams, 
Christopfer Stevenson, Sol m morgan, Will m 
Thomas, Israel Herrick with stoppage 10 Shil- 
lings per month for Clothing at the store for the 
same Except Herrick David Allen Cap* L* 

Richard x Simson 

Jonathan Wharff 
Arthur Wharf 
Thomas Wales 
Josiah Perkins 


Harlem Hyths Oct. 2, 1776. 
We the Subcribers Commission'd non Commission Officers and Man- 
trosses have Reed of Cap* Will" 1 Perkins our Wages for the month of July 
and Aurg* with a deduction of ten Shillings from Each Non Commission 
Officer and Mantrosses 

Isa h Audebert 
David Allen Cap* L* 
Hardy Peirce 

Fort Constitution Oct. 4th, 1776. 

Rec d of Capt. William Perkins Pay for the 
Months of July and August for the following Men, 
— Charles Ivory, Cristopher Stephenson, David 
Avery John Robinson, Israel Herrick, Solomon 
Morgan, Josiah Perkius, William Thomas, Jona- 
than Wharf, Arthur Wharf, Nathaniel Allen, John 
Willi ims, with a stoppage of ten Shillings per 
monti for Cloathing at the Store, for the same, ex- 
cept Herrick. 

David Allen Capt. L* 
Zaccheus Dunnell 
Samuel Treat L* 
Jesse Fosdick 

Joseph Louring, L s 
James Addams 
Joseph Spear 
Enoch Corey 
Abraham Rand 
Benjamin Ivory 
Thomas Wales 
Joseph Whitmore 
William Deaniels 

Richard x Simson 

Benjamin Witham 
Henry Farington 
Joseph White 
William Wharff 
David Forstor 


Revolutionary Pay Rolls. 



"We, the subscribers, Field, Staff and Commissioned Officers of the 9th 
Mass. Regiment, have received of Robt. Williams, Paymaster, each of us the 
sum annexed to our names in full of our subsistance for the month of May, 

Amount of 






Dolls. 100th. 

Henry Jackson 




Lem 1 Trescott . . 





John Blanchard . . 





John Hastings . . 





Joseph Fox . . . 





Thos. Hunt .... 





Thos. Turner . . 




Robt. Walker . . . 





W m Watson . . . 




Sam 1 Henley . . . 





Oliver Rice .... 





Sam 1 Cogswell . . . 





Charles Selden 





Jeremiah Hill . . 





Benj e Parker . . . 





Isaac Sturtevant . . 





Caleb Clap .... 

Cap. Lt. 




Th s H. Condy . . . 





Q. M. 

Rob* Williams . . . 




Eph m Hunt. . . . 





Edward Phelan . . 





Patrick Phelan . . 





W m Rickard . . . 

Ens 11 





Dominie Trantf . . 

Ens 11 



Eben r Kent . . . 

Ens 11 




John Hard .... 

Ens 11 




James Thacher . . 





Francis Goodwin . 







* Those marked with an asterisk are autograph signatures. 

+ Possibly Traut. 

% Signature F. L. B. Goodwin, S. M. 

1896.] Thomas Weston and Ms Family. 201 


Extracts from the Records of the Provincial Court of Mary- 
land. Liber, W. R. C. No. 1, Folio 354-356. 

Communicated by Dr. Christopher Johnston, of Baltimore, Md. 

Last summer, while at Annapolis, I found some matter relating to 
the connection of the Conant family of New England with Thomas 
Weston, which struck me as being worth noting. I therefore copied 
it out entire except portions (powers of attorney etc.) which con- 
tained merely the usual legal phraseology. These I took in abstract. 
It will be noticed that there is some discrepancy in dates, but it is 
copied literally from the record book. I send, for insertion in the 
Register, the matter which I collected. 

Thomas Weston came to Maryland in 1640, bringing with him 
five persons whose names are given below, and lived in S fc . George's 
Hundred [Md. Archives, I. 144] . At the meeting of the Assembly, 
September 5 th , 1642, "Mr. Thomas Weston being called pleaded he 
was no freeman because he had no land nor certain dwelling 1 here 
&c a . but being put to the question it was voted that he was a Free- 
man and as such bound to his appearance by himse ] f or proxie 
whereupon he took place in the house" [Ibid. p. 170]. In this 
Assembly he was member of an important committee appointed 
r for the drawing of a Bill touching a war to be made upon the 
Indians and other matters pertaining to the Safety of the Colony ' 
[Ibid. p. 171]. The prominence of the other members of the 
committee would make it appear that Mr. Weston was considered a 
person of consequence. Although at this time he possessed no 
land, he obtained, January 10 th following, a patent for 1200 acres, 
which was erected into a manor under the name of Westbury Manor, 
and he already had a house, since an order of Gov. Leonard Calvert, 
dated August 28 th , 1642, provided that the housekeepers of S fc . 
George's Hundred were to convey their women and children to the 
house of Mr. Weston in case of an Indian alarm [Md. Archives, 
III. 108]. A writ, dated January 9 th , 1644, is addressed to him 
as "Tho: Weston of S' George's Hundred men 4 " [Ibid. p. 163]. 
Numerous references to him are to be found in Maryland Archives, 
Volumes I., III. and IV. The latter volume, which embraces the 
proceedings of the Provincial Court 1637-1650, contains (pp. 376- 
377) a bond, dated July 20 th 1641, from Thomas Weston Citizen 
and Ironmonger of London to Thomas Stone, uncle of Gov. Wil- 
liam Stone, and an interesting letter from Mr. Weston to Governor 
(then Captain) Stone, dated " Mary-Land the 3 d January 1644." 
vol. l. 16 

202 Thomas Weston and his Family. [April, 

Although John Hansford did not apply for administration on his 
estate until November 1647, Mr. Weston's death must have occurred 
some time before, as claims were filed against his estate as early as 
May 1647 [Md. Archives IV. 309]. 

It may be of interest to note that the Mr. Wilkinson mentioned 
in the deposition of Richard Moore was the Rev. William Wilkin- 
son, a clergyman of the Anglican Church, who came from Virginia 
to Maryland with his family in 1650, and died in 1663 — a man of 
considerable energy and force of character. He zealously minis- 
tered to the spiritual wants of his flock, and meanwhile supported 
his family by cultivating his land, there being, until 1692, no pro- 
vision for the maintenance of ministers by the state. The Mr. 
Dent, mentioned in the same deposition, was his son-in-law, Thomas 
Dent, one of the Justices of St. Mary's County 1661-1668, High 
Sheriff 1664, and Burgess 1664, 1674-76. He died in 1676, and 
his widow Rebecca, daughter of the Rev. Mr. Wilkinson, re-married 
Col. John Addison. She left descendants by both marriages, who 
to the present day occupy a high social position in Maryland. Mr. 
Wilkinson had another daughter, Elizabeth, wife of William Hatton, 
a nephew of Secretary Thomas Hatton. 

27 Sept r . 1684: " Elizabeth Connant relict widow of Richard (sic) Con- 
nant of Marble Head in New England deed, and only daughter and sole 
heire of Thomas Weston Citizen and Ironmonger of London," to her son 
John Connant of Marblehead, in New England aforesaid; — power of at- 
torney to take possession and dispose of such plantations, lands, houses, 
tenements &c as lie in any part of Virginia and Maryland or elsewhere, 
which may belong to her as heir of her said father. 

Witnesses. Stephen Sargent, Stephen Daniell,, 

Vincent Burton, John Allen. 

John Hayward Not ms Pub ( 

v cus 

To all Christian people to whom these p r .sents shall come. I Richard 
Norman of Marblehead in the county of Essex in the Collony of Massa- 
chusett in New Eng d . of the Age of nifty yeares or there abouts doe tes- 
tifie that John Connant now Resident in New England & bound for Virginia 
the said John Connant I knew him of a child & was a near neighbour to 
his ffather Roger Connant and his wife Elizabeth the daughter and the only 
daughter of Thomas Weston by cornon repute and that the said John Con- 
nant was born of the said Elizabeth in lawfull wedlock with the said Roger 
Connant as can be shown by neighbours liviug neer and was bred up as 
her sonn & lived with her as her son untill said Roger and his wife Eliza- 
beth went for Ireland and further saith y l . the said Elizabeth's ffather was 
that Thomas Weston that used formerly to trade in Virginia and soe to 
New England and afterwards went home for Bristoll and there dyed as by 
credible and comon report and further that I have been in Maryland in 
Virginia in West S*. Mary's and likewise in some part of York River in 
both which places there was Land comonly said to be and called by the 
name the said Thomas Weston his Land or Plantation & understood to be 

1896.] Thomas Weston and his Family, 203 

the same Thomas Weston aforesaid and further that I never heard of any- 
other child the said Thomas Weston had but only the said Elizabeth but 
have often heard the said Elizabeth say her father had noe other child but 

Richard Norman came before me 2 day of Decemb 1 674 & made his 
psonal oath to what is above written before me William Hathorn 
Assist in the Massachusetts. 

Moses Maverick aged about 64 yeares saith 

I Moses Maverick of Marblehead doe testifie to all [above] written saving 
only the latter part of haveing a personall knowledge of any plantations 
of the said Weston's but this I can testifie that the [within] said John Con- 
nant's mother (viz*.) Elizabeth the wife of the said Roger Connant & the 
daughter of the said Thomas Weston that she when a maiden lived with 
me and marryed to the said Roger Connant out of my house & that she had 
a Letter and orders from her mother after her father Thomas Weston's de- 
cease to look after her father's means in Virginia or Maryland and accord- 
ingly she sent and did receive some tobacco from Virginia in part or on the 
accompt of her father's estate there viz*, the said Thomas Weston. 

Taken upon oath 23 of 10 th mon : 1674 Moses Maverick 
before me W m . Hathorn Assist. 

Francis Johnson aged eighty yeares or thereabouts testifieth and saith that 
att my first coming to Marblehead in New England which was about ffourty 
yeares since I knew and was well acquainted with Elizabeth Weston the 
Reputed daughter of Mr. Thomas Weston of the Citty of London in the 
Kiugdome of Engl d . merch*. who was then gone on a voyage from New 
England aforesaid to Virginia and that he left the said Elizabeth att the 
house of Mr. Moses Maverick of Marblehead aforesaid. 

27 q t S. Bradstreet Gov r . 

The Deposition of Richard Moore Sen r . aged seaventy yeares or there- 
abouts. Sworn saith that being in London att the House of Mr. Thomas 
Weston Ironmonger in the year 1620 He was from thence transported to 
New Plymouth in New England and about two yeares and a half after the 
said depon ts . arrivall at Plymo th . aforesaid the above mentioned Thomas 
Weston sent over a ship upon his p r per accompt with passengers to settle in 
the Massachusetts Bay now called Braintree but soon after they deserted 
the same by reason of Indians & Sicknesse And within a short space of time 
after the above said Weston personally came over from London to Plymouth 
in New England and made his aboad there some time and traded from thence 
to Virginia and Maryland And att that time the said deponent knew that 
the said Thomas Weston had and was possessed of two plantations the one 
in Yorke River in Virginia att a place called Cheesecake, the other in Mary- 
land att West S*. Maryes by Storyes Island and heretofore were comonly 
known to be in the tenure & occupation of these persons here under exprest 
viz*. Mr. Wilkinson, Mr. Dent merch*. &c. and they all acknowledged the 
said Weston to be the true proprietor and lawfull owner of the said planta- 
tions And further that the said deponent knew Elizabeth Weston now Eliz- 
abeth Connant of Marblehead to be the reputed and only child of the said 
Thomas Weston. Jur cor me 

27 Sep*. 1684. 

■ [■ S : Bradstreet Gov r . 

204 Thomas Weston and his Family. [April, 

Boston in New England 

These are to certifie all whom it doth or anywayes may concern y*. Eliza- 
beth Connant Relict widdow of Roger Connant late of Marblehead in New 
England aforesaid deSd. and the reputed daughter and only child of M r , 
Thomas Weston of the Citty of London in the Kingdome of England Iron- 
monger (according to the testimony s here unto affixed) appeared before me 
Simon Bradstreet Esq r . Governour of his Majestyes Collony of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay in New England on the day of the date of these p r sens in very 
good health & owned the Letter of Attorney hereunto annexed to be her 
act and deed Also these are to certifie that William Hawthorne who hath 
subscribed his name to some of the Testimonyes here unto affixed was on the 
day of the date thereof one of the Magistrates of the aforesaid Collony 
and had power to administer oathes in this and other like cases & therefore 
full faith and creditt is & ought to be given thereunto In testimony where- 
of att the request of the above named Elizabeth Connant I have hereunto 
sett my hand and caused the publique seal of the said Collony of the Mas- 
sachusetts Bay to be hereunto affixed the 27 th . day of Sep*. Anno Domini 
one thousand six hundred eighty & tfour Annoq. RR S Caroli Secundi 
nunc Angliae &c tricessimo sexto. S: Bradstreet Gov r n r . 

Memorandum that I the [aforenamed] John Connant by vertue of the 
power to me [before granted] and for the acting and prosecuting the in- 
tent of the same Have ffeed nominated and appo ted Thomas Burford 
Attor: Gen r11 , of y e Province of Maryland, Rob*. Carvile & Antho: Un- 
derwood Gent, two of the Attor : of the Provin 11 . Court of the s d Prov- 
ince to plead manage and p r secute all matters and things relating to Law in 
order to y e recovering y e Right of y e [w th .in] named Eliz a . Connant to any 
Lands Tenem ts & Hereditam ts in the Pro : of Maryland witnesse my hand 
this 27 th of March 1685. 
Witness John Connant 

Tho Grunwin elk. Pro 11 Co rt . 
Recorded the 9 th of Aprill 1686 

P Jam. Heath elk. 

From Rec. Prov. Court of Md. Lib. W R C. No. 1, fol. 627. 
13 March 1689-90. John Connant of New England now resident in Mary- 
land, merchant, being now bound for New England, to his very loving 
friend Thomas Ebb of S fc . Mary's County; — power of attorney to receive 
all monies &c due said John Connant, and also to let or dispose of his land 
Westbury manor for a term not exceeding two years &c. 

29 August 1642. Thomas Weston demands 1200 acres due by condi- 
tions of plantation for transporting himself, and five able men into the 
province in the year 1640. Their names were Richard Haniford, William 
Marshall, William Palmer, John Kelly, and Jasper Collins. 

10 Jan y . 1642. Thomas Weston further demands 100 acres for trans- 
porting William Hall in the year 1640, and 50 acres lately granted to 
George Pye and by him assigned to said Weston. 

10 Jan y . 1642. Surveyor's certificate of 1200 acres laid out for Thomas 
Weston on the East side S fc . George's Creek, bounding on the East with 
the lands of George Pye, John Edwards, Henry Lee, and Richard Nevitt. 

10 Jan'y 1642. Patent for above land which is to be held of the Honor 
of West S fc . Mary's, and is erected into a manor called Westbury Manor, 
with right of Court Leet, Court Baron, &c. 

Maryland Land Records, Lib. A B H. fol. 58. 

1896.] Thomas Weston and his Family. 205 

S*. George's Hundred 
Acres. Rent 

1200 £L 5 " Westbury Manor. Sur: 10 Jan*. 1642 for Tho Weston & 
5Q a Sur. 12: 9ber 1640 for Geo: Pye which was assign d . 
to Weston & made part of Westbury Mannour. Poss r . 
[circa 1707] John Conant of New England by Tho. Heb 
his attorney. 
[Transfers 1250 a . Rent £1. 5. 0. Josiah Conant from. 
John Conant 14 May 1737]. 

Rent Roll S*. Mary's County I. 16. 

10 Nov r . 1647. John Hanceford of Virginia Gent, maketh claim of the es- 
tate of Thomas Weston of this Province mrch 1 deced and 

desired Letters of Administration according to his 

last will & testament." 

Administration granted accordingly. 

Md. Land Records, Lib. 2, fol. 254. 
1 June 1649. Quietus est to John Hansford administrator of Thomas 
Weston. Ibid 519. 

Note by the Editor. 

These extracts from the Maryland records, and the Introduction 
to them by our correspondent, Dr. Johnston, furnish new particulars 
concerning a prominent figure in early New England history, and 
his relatives. This person — Mr. Thomas Weston — rendered im- 
portant assistance to the Pilgrims in their emigration from Holland 
to New England, but afterwards lost their confidence by his con- 
duct. A full account of his dealings with the Plymouth people is 
given by Gov. Bradford in his History of Plymouth Plantation. 
His attempt to found a rival plantation at Wessagusset, now Wey- 
mouth, proved abortive. But he was an enterprising man, and his 
name often appears in the pages of our history. The best sketch 
of his life is a brief one by Charles Francis Adams, LL.D., in his 
Historical Address in 1874, at the quarter millenary celebration of 
the permanent settlement of Weymouth.* Several letters from him 
are printed in Gov. Bradford's History. 

Mr. Weston's only daughter and heir, Elizabeth Weston, we 
learn from these papers, married Roger Conant. He was a son of 
Roger Conant, the early settler of Salem. F. O. Conant, in his 
Conant Family (Portland, 1887), page 132, gives Elizabeth as the 
christian name of the wife of Roger Conant, but he leaves her maiden 
surname blank. He quotes these extracts from the Salem church 
records to show that her name was Elizabeth : "22:11 mo. 1661, 
Y e church consented to the baptizing of Mrs. Elizabeth Conant's child 
upon a letter from the church at Cork testifying to her membership 

* Pages 5-22. Other notices will be found in Gov. Bradford's History ; Young's Chroni- 
cles of the Pilgrims, page 78; Thomas Morton's New English Canaan, Prince Society's 
edition, edited by C. F. Adams, pp. 245-6, 259-60; and Appleton's Cyclopaedia of Ameri- 
can Biography, vol. 6, pp. 443-4. 

206 Ensign William Hilton of York, Me. [April, 

there," and "11th 1 : 1684, Mrs. Roger Conant was admitted to 
the first church by letter from the church in Ireland." Richard 
Norman, in his deposition, 1674, printed above, speaks of Roger 
Conant and his wife Elizabeth going to Ireland some time after 
the birth of their son John . 

We derive from Dr. Johnston's communication a nearer approxi- 
mation to the date of Weston's death. He must have died between 
January 3, 1644-5, and May, 1647. All that we had known 
before this was that he died at Bristol, England, of the plague, in 
the time of the wars. 

We learn here also that he was a member of the Ironmongers* 
Company. This may aid in finding more about him. 


[Communicated by John T. Hassam, A.M., of Boston.] 

In the Register for April, 1880 (xxxiv. 203), I published cer- 
tain extracts from the Council Records and the Records of the Superior 
Court of Judicature in relation to a sloop taken out of York Harbor 
Nov. 8th, 1711, by a Frenchman and three Indians; their pursuit 
by Ensign William Hilton and his Company " consisting of six of the 
Standing forces there in the pay and six of the Inhabitants " ; the 
killing of the Indians ; the production of their scalps by Ensign Hil- 
ton before the Governor and Council in Boston ; the reward of £105 
to him and his company " for their good Service " in accordance with 
the "Act made for encouragement of the prosecution 'of the Indian 
Enemy and Rebels " ; the subsequent order for the arrest of Ensign 
Hilton ; his trial and acquittal. 

At the time of that publication the Suffolk Court Files were prac- 
tically inaccessible. The admirable re-arrangement of them now 
being made under the direction of Wm. F. Upham, Esq., has 
brought to light many documents the existence of which was hitherto 
unsuspected, and among them there are three papers [Suffolk Court 
Files lxxxv. 1—3] which throw more light on this affair. They are 
as follows : 

York Novem r 8 th . 1711 

Wee who are your Excellencies moast humble Servants gives Our Duty 
to your Excellency and do hereby Assert that on the Eight day of No- 
uemb r wee Embarqut on Board a Small Sloop with Ensigne W m Hilton & 
made Saile into the Oacion in Chase of a Sloop taken out of York Har- 
bour y e night before when wee came about Three Leauges without York 
Harbour Wee see a Saile in the Offing which Wee Expected to be the Said 
Sloop taken out of York Wee gave her Chase shee try'd uss upon a Wind 

1896.] Ensign William Hilton of York, Me. 207 

wee gain'd upon her apace shee went away a point or Two of the sheet 
Wee gain'd upon her Still w ch much Encouraged uss Wee Chast her upon 
that Course about two hours Wee begf.n then to Raise the man that Stood 
at Helm very plain then shee bares away before the Wind it Seem'd to uss 
as though Shee gain'd Ground on uss, The next thing Wee put up our 
Blankits to Starbord to make more Sail Wee came up with her apace Wee 
Fires upon her Ten or Twelve Guns shee bringing too Wee boarded her 
Ensigne W m Hilton Leaps On Board the Prize with Two other men he or- 
ders the Enemie to Jump into the Sloop he came Out of the Night coming 
on and the Sea Runing so Extraordinarie Bigg Wee made the Best of our 
way for the Harbour And Secured theese Rebells till Ensigne W m Hilton 
came in, As soon as he Arriu'd in the Harbour Cap 41 W m Heath & Cap" 
Abraham Preble sent Jobe Young a man belonging to York to Said Hil- 
ton to know what should be done with y e Rebels He Immediately Went 
on shore w th y e messenger Cap" Heath & Cap" Preble Invites him up in a 
Chamber at Esq r Donniels what past between them We do not Know but 
quickly said Hilton returns & goes to the place were said Rebels were & 
they were put to Death & thrown into the Sea what Ever your Excellency 
may have otherways this is the truth Frances Peabody 

Wee whose names are Inserted Do testifie to the Withinmentioned as 

Timothy Day And wee do further Testifie 

Sam 11 Clark that Ensigne W m Hilton who 

was Command 1 " in that expe- 
dition took theese Indian Rebels 
by the shoulders and delivered 
them to be Executed and ordered 
them to be thrown into the Sea 
Wee as many of us as Could 
get together haue here unto set 
our hands 

The Declaration of Edward Ball Job Avory Georg Jacobs & Thomas 
More Inhabitants of the Town of Yorke Testifies that on y e Eighth day 
of Nov r Last Cap' Abraham Preblee Ju Early in the morning missing his 
fnshing Sloop who Emediatly Went in Serch thereof and about Seven or 
Eight of the Clock Discouvred her about three Leagues distant from York 
harbour Standing Seaward y e Wind at North North East y e Said Preble 
desired our Assistance to fetch in his Sloop Suposeing her to be in the 
possession of the ffrench or Indian Enemie, Whereupon with y e Assistance 
of more of our neighbours with a Sergent & Eight men und r Comand of 
Cap' Heath, Imbarqued in two Small Sloops belonging to Job Avery & 
Georg Jacobs of this place, Wee accounted our Selves Vnd r Said Prebles 
Comand as our officer. Wee Run in Chase of y e Said Sloop about nine 
Leagues one of the Sloops being to Windward the other Sloop bore away 
before the Wind. Wee in the Other Sloop had the advantage and haveing 
Sayled before the Wind about four Leagues farther Said Avory Came up 
with them first and found on board Said Prebles Sloop one french Man & 
thre Indians took them on board our Sloop, and m r Hilton & too other 
men Kept on board s d Prebles sloop & by this time the Other Sloop Came 
up Were Cap t Preble Was, ord rs Was giuen for Killing the Indians butt the 
Wind & Sea was So boistrous that nothing was done with them, night 

208 Ensign William Hilton of York, Me. [April, 

coming on all three Sloops Stood Shoreward & Intended to haue Examined 
the Indians and dispach d them, butt in the night Lost Sight one of the 
other So that the Sloop the Indians were on board gott in first, the In- 
dians Were Secured untill all y e Sloops Came in which was about Tenn of 
the Clock that night Examination Was made by said Preble Wether any 
quarter Was giuen to the Indians It Was Evident none was asked or giuen 
them by any of our Comany, Said Preble there upon as the officer of the 
Inhabitants with Cap 4 Heath in Behalf of his party delivered up the Said 
Indians to death Death and Reserued the frenchman a Prissonar for his 
Exelencys pleasure, this action was about half an hour after Ten of 
Clock at night the Eighth of Nov r aforesd after "Which m r Hilton was Sent 
with the Scalps and the Letters Signed by Cap* Heath and Cap* Preble to 
his Exelency. Wee being in the two Sloops thirty too men Equally In- 
gaged in Said action 

Edward Beale 
Job Avarall 
Gorg Jacob 
thomas more 

York ss The persons aboue named Personally appeared 

before vs the Subscribers and made oath to the 
within written this 2 d . day of Aprill 1712 

John Wheelwright ) of ye 
Ichabod Plaisted ) peace 

Essex ss At the Court of assize &c. 

May 1712 

The Queen's Charges for prosecuting Ensign 

William Hilton 

to M r Secretary Addington for copies 

orders and proclamation 
to the Justices for taking affidavitts at York 
attorney Generall 

Clarks fees 3/6 Sheriff & his officers 7/6 
to the Justices at Salem for Recognisances 

or mittimus 
Filing papers & Examing' Bill 
M r Harris Removing him from Salem 
Taxing Costs 

Exam d . p Elisha Cooke Cler 4 : 4. 6 

Allowed p Curiam 

Attestr. Elisha Cooke Cler 

Ensign William Hilton was son of William Hilton of York, and 
grandson of William Hilton who came from London to Plymouth in 
New England in the "Fortune," November 11, 1621. 

For further information concerning him see the Register for 
April, 1877 (xxxi. 179) and " The Hilton Family," privately printed, 
Boston, 1896. 

00 = 

s : d : 
12 = 00 


o o o o o 
o o o o 

6= 00 
12 = 00 
13= 6 


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1896.] Capt. Thomas CartwrigMs Company, 



COMPANY, 1777. 

[Copied for the Register by Francis E. Blake, Esq., of Boston.] 

Muster Roll of Capt Thomas Cartwright's Company of the Regt fc of 
Foot Commanded by Col. Henry Jackson in the Service of the United 


n . . , ) Feb. 1, 1777 Capt. Thomas Cartwright 
Commissioned j FqK £ m7 ^ Jo}m Hobby * 

Commissioned 1 May 12 ' 1777 Lieut John Child 

j Feb. 1, 1777 Ensign Nat. Thatcher, recruiting. 








John Noonan 
Rich d Rolf 
John Jones 

July 2 
May 24 
June 2 

3 years 
3 years 
3 years 







Tim Ralf 

June 11 

3 years 


Drum & fife 





Wm. Henly 
Nat. Disper 

3 years 
3 years 

July 7 

May 28 







Joseph William 
Nath 1 House 

June 9 
May 15 

3 years 
8 mo 8 


Noah Barrett 

May 15 

8 mo s 


Rich d Martin 
John Mcintosh 

May 24 
June 2 

Sick in Hospital 

3 years 
3 years 



James Martin 
Philip Mosher 
Amos Dwinels 
And w Nelson 

May 24 
May 29 
May 24 
June 21 

3 years 
3 years 
3 years 
3 years 


Pat k Brown 
Wm. Norris 

July 23 
June 18 

3 years 
3 years 


Joseph Souther 
John Pattey 
Peter Hewson 

May 28 
July 9 
July 17 


3 years 
3 years 
for y e war 


Josh a Austin 

July 10 

3 years 

Dorchester 15th Augt, 
as specified in the above 

1777 Mustered then Capt. Cartwright's Company 

And w . Brown Dy. Master Master 

Proof of the Effectives 
Captain Lieuts. Ensign Serjeants Corporals Drums fifes Privates- 
Present 120 3 1 11 12 
Absent , 1 3 

Total T~ ~2~ ~T~ ~2T "1 I I 15~ 

210 Comee— Comey Family. [April, 

We swear that the within Muster Roll is a true state of Capt. Thos. Cart- 
wright's Company without fraud to the United States or to any individual, 
according to the best of our knowledge. 

Dorchester August 13, 1777. 

Th. Cartwright, Cap* 1 . 
John Child 2nd Lieut. 

Sworn before me this 15th Day of Aug. 1777 W. Heath M.G. 


By Allen H. Bent, member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society. 

1. David 1 Comee, who was in Woburn, Mass., in 1663, seems to be 
the first of the name in America. When or whence he came is not known 
with certainty, but the family tradition is that he was a Scotchman. His 
son John married the daughter of a Scotchman and this same John, in 
1728, conveys a certain right in Concord "which belongs to the Tenement 
where my Hon d father David Comey formerly dwelt in the Southerly part 
of Concord known by the name of Scotland." So it seems there was a 
part of Concord known as Scotland, perhaps because a Scotch colony had 
settled there. The name is generally spelled Comee until the nineteenth 
century, when there was a division, about half adopting the form of Comey. 
On the old records it is occasionally spelled, or misspelled Corny, Come, 
Comi, Comay and Ccomy. The name seems not to be related to those of 
Coney (Cony), Comer, Comby (Combee) or Comley, that are occasionally 
met with in New England. Comrie and Comyn are old Scotch names. 

About 1664 David Comee moved from Woburn to Concord (Mass.), 
where he lived until his death. He was killed, April 21", 1676, by King 
Philip's Indians in the adjoining town of Sudbury, in one of the bloodiest 
of Indian encounters. The following petition was presented by his widow : 

u To the honored Court assembled at Cambridge y e 3 day of October 
1676 The humble petition of Esther Corny of Concord humbly showeth 
y* wheras y e said esfcher corny her husband Dauid Corny was slaine by y e 
jndians at Sudbury and lefte me a poor widow with sixe small children and 
foure of them bee by a former wife and non of them being com to Age or 
able to choose their own Gardens : I y e said Esther doe humbly entreat 
this honored Court to appoynt Gardens for them & to put y m out to som 
good places : wherby y e boy may learne 6om trad y* may bee for his futter 
beinfeet and dispoose of y e Girls as may bee for their weell fare also for y e 
settlment of y l smal estate y fc my husband died seized of which doth amount 
to about eighty pounds which appears by An jnventory given in at court at 
Charlestown : and I doe humbly desir y t Captaine Timothy Wheeler with 
on or tow mor may bee appointed for both y e ends aforesaid : whom y e 
honored court shall see causse to appoynt : hoping y l y e honoured court will 
Consider me beeing poor and haueing serl children very small on of y m not 
being Above sixe weeks old when my husband was slaine : so praying for 
your prosperity : your humble petitioner this 30 : 7 : : 76 

Esther Comy." 

1896.] Comee- Oomey Family. 211 

The inventory accompanying the above is short and amounts to £87 - 
14 - 0, of which £50 is for the house and land. 

Children of David and his wife Elizabeth, ii. recorded in Woburn, iii. to 
v. recorded in Concord : 

i. Elizabeth, m. March 29, 1681, John Kendall (1646-1732) of 

Woburn, where she cl. in December, 1701. 
ii. Mary, b. Jan. 30, 1663; m. May 24, 1688, Joshua Kibby, of 
Sherborn, and d. July 9, 1712, ae. 49. He d. in 1731. 

2. iii. John, b. Oct. 18, 1665. 

iv. David, b. Nov. 14, 1666; d. before 1676. 
v. Sarah, b. Sept. 18, 1668. 

David's wife Elizabeth died in Concord, March 4, 1671, and 

he married, second, Esther , who married, Nov. 7, 1682, 

Samuel Parry for her second husband. 

Children of David and Esther born in Concord : 

i. Daughter, name unknown, 
ii. Esther, b. Feb. 14, 1676. 

2. John 2 Comee (David 1 ) was a farmer and moved from Concord to 

Cambridge Farms (Lexington) between 1689 and 1693. He 
died in Lexington, Dec. 6, 1729, ae. 64. Hudson is in error 
when he gives the date as 1723. He married June 21, 1688, 
Martha, born Nov. 2, 1667, eldest daughter of William Munroe, 
who came from Scotland in 1652. 

Children of John and Martha, i. recorded in Concord, iv. and v. 
in Cambridge. (The first four were baptised Feb. 26, 1699) : 

i. John, b. April 8, 1689 ; probably d. young. 

ii. Hannah, d. unm. May 26, 1770. 

iii. Martha, m. July 9, 1713, Benjamin Smith, and d. Nov. 19, 1749. 

3. iv. David, b. Jan. 11, 1696. 

v. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 29, 1701. 

vi. Abigail, bap. Oct. 26, 1707; m. Jan. 4, 1728, Jonas Pierce, and 
d. in Westminster, Mass. 

3. David 3 Comee (John, 2 David 1 ) of Lexington, lived to be 104 years 

old, if family tradition is correct. This would bring the date of 
his death about the year 1800. In 1729 he is called a yeoman, 
in 1736 an innholder. He married first, Ruhama, born in Water- 
town July 15, 1701, daughter of Joseph and Ruhama Brown. 

She died June 3, 1730, and he married second, Sarah . 

David and Ruhama seem to have had five or six children, who 
died in infancy. Those that lived (born in Lexington) were : 

4. i. John, bap, Sept. 28, 1725. 

5. ii. Joseph, bap. Aug. 4, 1728. 

Children of David and Sarah, all born in Lexington : 

6. i. Benjamin, b. Nov. 15, 1733. 

ii. Sarah, b. Sept. 11, 1735 ; m. Dec. 4, 1755, Isaac Parkhurst (1731- 

) of Waltham, where they lived till 1786. 

iii. Martha, b. April 11, 1737; m. at Chelsea, April 2, 1761, William 

7. iv. Ezekiel, b. April 27, 1740. 

v. Ruhama, b. April 15, 1742 ; m. Dec. 9, 1762, Isaac Corey (1740- 
1817) of Waltham, and d. at East Sudbury, March 2, 1819. 

8. vi. David, b. April 21, 1744. 

9. vii. Jonathan, b. April 4, 1746. 

212 Comee- Comey Family. [April, 

4. John 4 Comee (David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) a farmer, moved from Lex- 

ington to Milton in 1751, but soon after (1753 to 1755) removed 
to Stoughton, the part known as Stoughtonham (incorporated 
17G2 as Sharon). He seems to have been in the part of the latter, 
which in 1778 became Foxboro. His name is included in the 
unsuccessful petition of May 1773 for the incorporation of Fox- 
boro. At the first town meeting June 29, 1778, he (or possibly 
it was his son Joftn) was chosen constable. He died in Foxboro, 
Feb. 8, 1815, ae. 89. He was married at Milton in 1751 to Abi- 
gail, born Oct. 22, 1727, daughter of Roger Sumner and a descend- 
ant of William Sumner (1605-1688) of Dorchester, the ancestor 
of Charles Sumner. Mrs. Abigail Comee died at Foxboro, May 
19, 1806, ae. 78. 

Children of John and Abigail, i. recorded in Milton, ii. to v. 
in Stoughton, vi. in Sharon : 

10. i. John, b. Jan. 14, 1753. 

ii. Jerusha, b. Feb. 22, 1755. 

11. iii. Oliver, b. June 11, 1757. 

12. iv. Spencer, b. Jan. 24, 1760. 

v. Abigail, b. Aug. 25, 1762; d. unm. Jan. 11, 1790. 
vi. Eunice, b. July 15, 1766. 

5. Joseph 4 Comee (David, 8 John, 2 David 1 ) moved previous to 1771 

from Lexington to Wrentham, the part taken in 1778 to make 
Foxboro, where he was a cordwainer (shoemaker) and still living 
in 1809. He was one of the signers of the unsuccessful petition 
of 1773 for the incorporation of Foxboro. October 1771, Joseph 
Comee and wife Mary, of Wrentham, gave quitclaim to estate of 
their honorable father Benjamin Merriam, of Lexington. Hud- 
son, however, in his History of Lexington makes it out that he 
was a member of Capt. John Parker's Company, April 19, 1775, 
and was wounded in the arm trying to get out of the meeting-house, 
whither he had been to replenish his powder-horn, but this was 
probably his son Joseph. He married, about 1750, Mary, born 
April 4, 1733, eldest daughter of Benjamin Merriam (1699-1773), 
of Lexington. Hannah, widow of Joseph Comee deceased, died 
in Foxboro, March 22, 1815. The death of a child of Joseph 
Comee is recorded in Lexington churchrecords in 1766. 
Children of Joseph and Mary, all born in Lexington : 

13. i. Ezra, (twin) bap. Oct. 27, 1751. 
ii. Mercy, (twin) bap. Oct. 27, 1751. 

iii. Joseph, b. July 1, 1753; probably the Joseph who cl. in Lexing- 
ton, Oct. 12, 1776. 
iv. Mary, b. June 22, 1755. 

v. Aaron, b. Aug. 15, 1757; nothing further known, 
vi. Betty, b. March 23, 1760. 
vii. Euhama, bap. Nov. 14, 1762. 

14. viii. Benjamin, b. July 3, 1765; m. Ruth Trow. 


Benjamin 4 Comee (David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) was a cordwainer and 
at the time of his marriage (1762) was still living in Lexington, 
but moved soon after to Maiden, where he died in 1774, ae. 40. 
He married first, March 25, 1762, Hannah Watts, of Chelsea, 
who died at Maiden, Dec. 1, 1767. She was probably the Han- 
nah Watts b. Chelsea, Feb. 17, 1743, dau. of Samuel and Hannah. 

1896.] Comee-Comey Family. 213 

He married second, Oct. 17, 1768, Hannah Richardson, of Wo- 
burn, by whom however he had no children. She was probably 
the Hannah Coome, who married in 1783 Thomas Sargent, of 

Children of Benjamin and Hannah, ii. and iii. recorded in Mai- 
den : 

i. Hannah, d. in Boston, unra., in 1794. 
ii. Sarah, b. March 23, 1766. 
15. iii. Benjamin, b. Nov. 21, 1767. 

7. Ezekiel 4 Comee (David* John, 3 David 1 ) lived in Cambridge 

(Brighton) till 1783, when he probably went to Boston, where he 
appears in the directories of 1796 and 1800, but not in 1803, so 
he probably died before that. (No directories published between 
these dates). Feb. 12, 1806, Mary Ann Comee, singlewoman, 
and Charlotte Smith, wife of Ebenezer Smith, all of Boston, sell 
property in Cambridge, that descended to them from their father 

Children of Ezekiel and his wife : 

i. Mary Ann. Perhaps the Mary who d. in Boston, Aug. 12, 1824. 
ii. Charlotte, b. about 1775 ; m. Ebenezer Smith, a painter and 

glazier in Boston, where he d. July 29, 1810, ae. 36. She d. 

in Boston, in June, 1809, ae. 34. 

8. David 4 Comee (David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) was a farmer, but one of 

" the embattled farmers" that "fired the shot heard round the 
world." Though not a member of any militia company, as a citizen 
of Lexington he saw active service April 19, 1775, when his queue 
was shot off. At the battle of Bunker Hill a bullet from the 
enemy was shot into the barrel of his musket. He was out two 
days from March 4 to March 6, 1776, at Roxbury, in Capt. Ste- 
phen Dana's Company, while the forts were being erected on 
Dorchester Heights (Rev. Rolls, xviii. 239). Soon after he moved 
from Lexington to Westminster, the part that was incorporated 
in 1785 as Gardner (Mass.). His deed from Amos Gates was 
dated April 19, 1776. From Dec. 12, 1776 to March 1, 1777, 
he was out in Capt. Manasseh Sawyer's Company in Colonel 
Dike's Regiment (Rev. Rolls, xxvi. 419). Aug. 22, 1777, at the 
Bennington alarm, he marched to East Hoosick in Capt. Elisha 
Jackson's Company with Major Bridge (Rev. Rolls, xx. 108). 
From Sept. 7 to Nov. 29, 1777, he was in Capt. Nathaniel Car- 
ter's Company in Col. Job Cushing's Regiment (Rev. Rolls, xviii. 
31 ). His house in Gardner, where he died March 8, 1826, aged 
nearly 82, was about one and one-half miles east of the Centre 
on the road to Ashburnham and before his day had been an inn. 
David married first, Christiana, daughter of James Maltman, who 
came from Scotland to Boston about the middle of the eighteenth 
century. She died in Gardner, May 17, 1789, ae. 33 years and 
8 months, and he married second, her younger sister Hannah 
Maltman, who lived to be 88 years, 2 months and 18 days, dying 
in Gardner, Oct. 23, 1852. She was blind the last twenty years 
of her life. 

Children of David and Christiana, i. born in Lexington, the 
others in Westminster (Gardner) : 

214 Comee-Comey Family, [April, 

16. i. David, b. Sunday, March 26, 1775. 

17. ii. James Maltman, b. Friday, April 18, 1777. 
iii. Benjamin, b. May 28, 1779 ; d. Jan. 26, 1785. 

iv. Christiana, b. Oct. 30, 1781 ; m. March 29, 1804, Eliel Bacon, of 

Gardner, and about 1805 moved to Henderson, N. Y. 
v. Mary, b. Sept. 4, 1784; m. June 29, 1806, William Fletcher 2d, of 

Templeton, and cl. Oct. 7, 1818, ae. 34. 
vi. Benjamin, b. Dec. 13, 1786; d. April 4, 1790. 
vii. John, b. Jan. 24, 1789 ; cl. May 25, 1803. 

Children of David and Hannah, all born in Gardner : 

i. Hannah More, b. April 6, 1790; cl. March 10, 1810. 

ii. Sarah, b. Feb. 12, 1793; m. Aug. 11, 1814, Elijah Breck (1792- 
1866), of Gardner, where she d. June 29, 1877, ae. 84, leav- 
ing several children, among them Sarah Breck, who m. A. 
Allen Bent; and has one son Allen H. Bent. 

iii. Patty, b. Oct. 2, 1795; cl. May 19, 1803. 

iv. Euhama, b. Feb. 20, 1798 ; m. June 28, 1835, Abram Jaquith 
(1802-1851), of Fitchburg, where she died Dec. 19, 1884, ae. 86, 
leaving one daughter, Abby Mead Jaquith, who m. David 

18. v. Benjamin, b. Sept. 16, 1800. 

19. vi. Joseph, b. Jan. 14, 1803. 

vii. Martha, b. June 20, 1805 ; m. Sept. 29, 1828, Ebenezer Fenno 
(1801-1846) , of Gardner; and d. at Baldwinsville, Mass., Aug. 
4, 1880, ae. 75, leaving three daughters. Mr. Fenno was a 
son of Ephraim Fenno (1759-1820) of Westminster, Mass., 
and a descendant of John Fenno, who was in Milton, Mass., 
at its incorporation in 1662. 

20. viii. George Washington, b. Aug. 22, 1809. 

9. Jonathan 4 Comey {David, 2 John, 2 David 1 ) when a lad, followed 

his older brothers to what later became Foxboro, and while still 
young removed to Holliston, where he lived with a Mr. Samuel 
Messenger. After his marriage he went to the western part of 
Hopkinton to live on the west side of Whitehall Pond. At the 
time of the Lexington alarm he was out eleven days in Capt. John 
Homes' Company in Col. Samuel Bullard's Regiment. His name 
is spelled Jn° Commev on the muster roll. He married Eliza- 
beth Wells. 

Children of Jonathan and Elizabeth, alLborn in Hopkinton : 

i. Parmelia, m. Nathaniel Chamberlain, of Hopkinton, and moved 
to Warclsboro, Vt. 

21. ii. Royal, b. Jan. 29, 1772. 

iii. Betsey, m. Joshua Mellen, and lived in Westboro ; where they 
had one son, the late Judge Edw. Mellen, of Worcester, and 
four daughters. 

iv. Polly, m. Jonathan Fairbanks, and lived in Holden, Mass. 

v. Nellipee, m. John Wheelock, of Hopkinton ; where she died at 
the birth of her son John, who w T as brought up by a Mr. Adams. 

vi. Hannah, m. Abner Prentiss, of Hopkinton, 

10. John 5 Comey (John, 4 David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) was a farmer and 

lived in Foxboro, where he died May 24, 1830, ae. 77. At the 
Lexington alarm he marched as corporal in Capt. Israel Smith's Com- 
pany and was out four days (Rev. Rolls, xiii. 103). From May to 
December, 1775, during the siege of Boston, he was in Capt. 
Samuel Payson's Company in Col. Joseph Read's Regiment. He 
was also out five and one-half days in Capt. Josiah Pratt's Com- 
pany in Colonel Gill's Regiment " that marched on y e alarme to 

1896.] Comee- Comey Family. 215 

Roxbury the 5 day of March A.D. 1776 " (Rev. Rolls, xxi. 188). 
He married Betsey Carpenter, daughter of Nehemiah. Betsey 
died in Foxboro in February, 1823. 

Children of John and Betsey, all born in Foxboro : 

i. Clarissa, b. May 29, 1783; d. imm. Dec. 29, 1855, ae. 72. 

ii. Betsey, b. Aug. 26, 1784; d. unm. Nov. 13, 1869, ae. 85. 

iii. Spencer, b. April 2, 1786; d. Foxboro, Dec. 14, 1859, ae. 73. 

iv. Thatcher, b. March 22, 1788 ; d. Foxboro, Dec. 23, 1867, ae. 79. 

v. Nabby, b. Aug. 9, 1790; cl. July 13, 1796. 

vi. Eunice, b. June 6, 1792; cl. unm. Oct. 3, 1858, ae. 66. 

vii. Esther, b. March 6, 1794; cl. unm. May 25, 1831, ae. 37. 

viii. Nabby, b. March 1, 1797; m. 1845, Amos Keith, of Norton; 

where she cl. May 1, 1884. 
ix. John, b. April 1, 1798; cl. Foxboro, April 7, 1886, ae. 88. 

11. Oliver* Comey [John,* David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) was a farmer and 

lived in Foxboro, where he died Jan. 4, 1842, ae. 84. He en- 
listed July 14, 1778, and served until Feb. 18, 1779, in Capt. 
John Ellis's Company in Col. Thomas Poor's Regiment, raised 
to fortify and secure the passes of the North River in New York 
(Rev. Rolls, xix. 3). In later years was called Captain Comey. 
He married, Dec. 21, 1786, Elizabeth, daughter of Eleazar Bel- 
cher. She died in Foxboro, May 12, 1851, aged 83 years, 3 
months and 26 days. 

Children of Oliver and Elizabeth, all born in Foxboro i 

i. Oliver, b. Oct. 23, 1788 ; cl. Foxboro, May 3, 1875, ae. 87, 

ii. Aaron, b. July 5, 1789 ; d. Jan. 6, 1846, ae. 56. 

iii. Eliza, b. April 27, 1791 ; m. June 3, 1813, Abijah Fales. She d. 

Dec. 17, 1859, ae. 68. Children : Eliza M., Emily a, Abijah, 

Elizabeth and Abner. 
iv. Lyman, b. Aug. 6, 1793; d. June 14, 1878, ae. 84. 
v. Willard, b. March 26, 1796; cl. Foxboro, April 23, 1869, ae. 73. 
vi. Prudence, b. July 7, 1798; cl. Nov. 13, 1800. 
vii. Jason, b. Oct. 4, 1800; cl. Piinceton, Iowa, Sept. 15, 1853. 
viii. Mira, b. Dec. 8, 1802; m. Martin Copeland, of Easton. Shed. 
March 19, 1878, leaving one son Ephraim M. Copeland, of 
ix. Otis, b. Feb. 3, 1805 ; went to Pennsylvania about 1833 ; and is 

supposed to have been drowned. 
x. Charles, b. April 8, 1807 ; living in Kennebunk, Me. 
xi. Oman, b. July 31, 1811 ; cl. Foxboro, Nov. 12, 1895, 

12. Spencer 5 Comey (John, 4 David, 3 John, 2 David*) of Foxboro, 

enlisted Aug. 14, 1777, (when only 17 years old), in Capt. John 
Bradley's Company in Col. Benjamin Gill's Regiment, marched 
to Manchester, Vt., to join the Northern Army and was out three 
months and twenty-eight days. He was in service again in Col. 
Thomas Nixon's Regiment from Sept. 1, 1779 to Feb. 3, 1780, 
when he was reported killed (Rev. Rolls, liii. 210). 

13. Ezra 5 Comee (Joseph, 4 David, 3 John 2 David}) at the time of his 

marriage was of Cambridge, but seems to have lived on the south 
side of the river, that is, in the part set off in 1807 as Brighton. 
About 1782 he moved away. His later years were spent in Dana 
(Mass.), where he died Nov. 19, 1832, ae. 81. He married Feb. 
16, 1774, Anna Porter, of Newton. She died at Dana, Oct. 28, 
1838, ae. 81. 

216 Comee- Oomey Family. [April, 

Children of Ezra and Anna : 

i. Eliza, b. March 21, 1781; m. Dec. 29, 1802, Rev. Joshua Flagg. 

ii. Susan, b. July 19, 1791 ; m. Barney Flagg (1792-1857). 

iii. Thomas Wilson, b. Jan 3, 1794 ; m. Lydia Towne, of Dana. 

14. Benjamin 5 Comee (Joseph,* David* John, 2 David 1 ) of Foxboro, 

is spoken of both as a cordwainer and a trader. He was a sergeant 
in the Foxboro militia in 1797. He died in Foxboro, Oct. 11, 
1842, ae. 77. He married March 24, 1785, Ruth Trow. 
Children of Benjamin and Ruth, all born in Foxboro: 

i. Aaron, b, Nov. 13, 1785; d. Nov. 13, 1785. 

ii. Nancy, b. April 8, 1787; d. July 20, 1811, ae. 24. 

iii. Ruth, b. March 17, 1790. 

iv. Otis, b. Aug. 12, 1791; nothing further known. 

15. Benjamin* Comey {Benjamin? David? John, 2, David 1 ) moved 

from Maiden to Boston some time before 1793, and continued to 
live there until 1842, when he moved to Dorchester. In April 
1848 he moved from Dorchester to Chelsea, where he died June 
24, 1858, ae. 90. He was a mast-maker and built Comey's 
Wharf, which first appears in the Boston Directory of 1835. The 
wharf was taken in 1894 to become a part of the North End 
Park. Benjamin married first, Hannah Watts, who died in Bos- 
ton, July 25, 1829, ae. 62. She was born in Boston, Dec. 11, 
1767, dau. of Belliugham Watts (1732-1767), mariner, who was 
son of Samuel and Hannah. He married second, Nov. 29, 1830, 
Nancy, eldest daughter of Robert Howe, of Boston. She died 
in Reading, Kansas, in 1886. No children by the first wife. 
Children of Benjamin and Nancy, born in Boston : 

i. Isabella Harris, b. September, 1832 ; d. in Chelsea, Nov. 3, 1854, 

ii. Hannah Watts, b. Sept. 22, 1834; taught school in Chelsea; m. 
in 1865, Joel Augustus Stratton, of Leominster, Mass., where 
they lived until February 1879, when they moved to Reading, 
Kansas. Mr. Stratton was a Capt. in 53d Mass. Vols. 

16. David 5 Comee [David? David? John? David 1 ), of Gardner, mar- 

ried March 31, 1799, Esther, daughter of John and Betsey Baker, 
of Gardner, where she died Oct. 5, 1863, aged 88 years, 11 months 
and 5 days. He died Sept. 18, 1848, ae. 73. 

Children of David and Esther, all born in Gardner : 

i. David, b. June 4, 1801 ; d. April 17, 1803. 

ii. Betsey, b. Dec. 9, 1802; m. Dec. 28, 1826, Jesse Lovewell (1798- 
1838) , of Hubbardston, Mass. 

iii. John, b. Dec. 21, 1804; m. 1st, March 18, 1858, Mrs. Mary Ann 
Robbins, dau. of Robert Reed, of Dunstable, who d. Nov. 12, 
1867, ae. 57. He m. 2d, March 10, 1870, Mrs. Harriet Stod- 
dard, dau. of Luke Knight, of Winchendon. John d. in Gard- 
ner, March 5, 1885, ae. 80. No children. 

iv. Louisa, b. Oct. 4, 1808 ; m. Dec. 2, 1829, Leonard Lovewell, of 

17. James Maltman 5 Comee (David? David? John? David 1 ) of 

Gardner, was the first in the town to engage in chair manufactur- 
ing, an industry for which the town has since become famous, 
some $2,000,000 worth being made there annually now. It 

1896.] Oomee-Comey Family. 217 

seems to have been in the year 1805 that he began the industry in 
a small way in one of the rooms in his own house. The chairs 
he teamed himself to Boston, Salem, Providence and Worcester. 
The very first were probably wood seats, but they were soon suc- 
ceeded by the old flag seats. He and his older brother were 
Masons, probably members of the now extinct Lodge at Temple- 
ton. His house was on the Ashburnham road, a short distance 
from the centre of Gardner. He was the first Comee to indulge 
in the luxury of a middle name. 

James M. married Jan. 26, 1802, Sally, daughter of John and 
Abigail Putnam, of Fitchburg. She died in Gardner, Dec. 23, 
1863, aged 84 years, 6 months and 24 days. He died Aug. 27, 
1832, ae. 55. 

Children of James M. and Sally, all born in Gardner: 

i. Matiia, b. Sept. 2, 1802; m. Nov. 22, 1821, Isaac Jaquith (1797- 

1861), of Gardner, where she d. Feb. 15, 1881, ae. 78. 
ii. Christiana, b. April 1, 1805 ; m. June 23, 1825, William S. Lynde, 

of Gardner, where she d. May 7, 1842. 
in. Sally, b. May 14, 1807; m. Oct. 27, 1824, Benjamin Franklin 

Hey wood (1802-1843), a chair manufacturer, of Gardner. She 

d. at Fitchburg. 

iv. James Maltman, b. May 31, 1809 ; d. at Fitchburg, Nov. 11, 1893. 

v. Mary, b. May 23, 1811; m. Aug. 25, 1829, Gen. Moses Wood 

(1803-1869), of Gardner, and afterward lived in Providence and 

Fitchburg. She is living in Brookline, Mass. 

vi. William Williams, b. Aug. 19, 1813; d. July 22, 1883; the 

father of Fred R. Comee, of Boston Music Hall, 
vii. Abigail, b. April 24, 1816; m. 1st, Nov. 3, 1836, Jonas Harwood 

(1812-1840), of North Brookfleld; and 2d, Aug. 1, 1847, Rev. 

Sumner Lincoln (1799-1890), a Unitarian clergyman. She d. 

at Wilton, N. H., Jan. 24, 1895, ae. 78, leaving one dau. Mrs. 

Abbie L. Bridges, by her second husband, 
viii. John Porter, b. Sept. 3, 1818; d. March 8, 1819. 
ix. Leander Porter, b. Dec. 26, 1819 ; d. Dec. 9, 1885. 
x. Eliza, b. April 28, 1822 ; d. March 10, 1836. 
xi. Daniel Webster, b. Aug. 21, 1825; d. unm. in Sacramento, Cal. 

18. Benjamin 5 Comee (David, 4 David, 3 John, 2 David 1 ) moved from 
Gardner, Mass., to Henderson, N. Y., about 1838, and thence 
in 1855 to Hebron, Wis., and later to Seymour, Wis., where he 
died Oct. 5, 1880, ae. 80. He married first, Sept. 30, 1823, 
Lovina Mead, born April 7, 1803, daughter of Thomas and Char- 
lotte Mead, of Lunenburg, Mass. She died at Henderson, N. Y., 
July 11, 1842, ae. 39. He married second, Mrs. Eliza Ann 
Seger (born Dye), who died at Hebron, Wis., 1869. ae. 66. He 
was a cabinet-maker, painter, and decorator. 
Children of Benjamin and Lovina: 

i. Charlotte Emeline, b. Aug. 31, 1824; m. Feb. 20, 1841, Samuel 
Delos Ward; and lives (1895) with her only son, Benjamin 
Comee Ward, at Superior, Nuckolls Co., Neb. 
ii. Caroline Augusta, b. June 26, 1826 ; m. John Parsons, and lives 
in Wisconsin. 

iii. Martha Ann, b. Aug. 28, 1828; m. 1st, Gates; and 2d, 

Nicholas Stokes. They live at Lacrosse, Wis. 
iv. James Munroe, b. Aug. 8, 1830; m. Jennie Thornton; and d. 

at Lacrosse, Wis., 1862(?) ae. 32. No children. 
v. Sarah Mead, b. Oct. 12, 1832; m. 1st, Aug. 20, 1856, Orrin H. 
Emory, who d. during the War (Oct. 29, 1864). She m. 2d, 
Oct. 1, 1866, James H. Bower, and lives at Whitewater, Wis. 
VOL. L. 17 

218 Comee-Comey Family. [April, 

Children of Benjamin and Eliza, all born at Henderson, N. Y. : 

i. Maria Kosette, b. Oct. 4, 1844; m. Jan. 1, 1860, Uriel Tibbets; 

and lives now at Franklin, Minn, 
ii. William Benjamin, b. Nov. 11, 1846; m. 1867, Anna Eliza Fran- 
cis, of Milwaukee, and lives at Seymour, Wis. 
iii. Squire S., b*Aug. 9, 1848; unm.; lives at Lake Linden, Mich. 

A photographer, 
iv. Helen, b. 1854; d. unm. March 15, 1890, at Seymour, Wis. 

19. Joseph* Comee David, 4 David, 3 John, 2 David}), after the death of 

his father in 1826, took the old homestead in Gardner, but about 
1837 moved to New York. He lived for a short time in Hender- 
son and then in Belleville, but soon located in Ellisburg (N. Y.), 
where he died Jan. 10, 1856, ae. 53. He married, April 27, 
1826, Miriam Stone, born Gardner, July 13, 1799, youngest 
daughter of Samuel Stone. She died in Ashburnham, Mass., 
Oct. 2, 1863, ae. 64. 

Children all born in Gardner, except v., who was born in Hen- 
derson, N. Y. : 

i. Christopher Columbus, b. Jan. 28, 1827; was a captain in 94th 
Reg., N. Y. Vols., captured at Gettysburg and confined in Libby 
Prison. He is an artist and lives in Waseka, Minn. 

ii. Samuel Stone, b. June 17, 1830 ; m. Sarali W. Sawin. 

iii. James, b. Sept. 12, 1832 ; d. May 26, 1839. 

iv. Martha Stone, b. Dec. 8, 1834 ; m. Aug. 19, 1858, Otis D. Sawin, 
and lives in Waseka, Minn. They have an adopted dau. 

v. George Washington, b. June 9, 1838; m. Dec. 26, 1881, Eliza- 
beth Kittredge, and has lived in Waseka, Minn., since about 
1867. No children. He is a furniture mfr. with his brother- 
in-law, A. D. Sawin. 

20. George Washington 5 Comee {David 4 David, 3 John, 2 Daivd 1 ) 

lived in Gardner, Templeton and Fitchburg, and about 1852 went 
to Worcester (Mass.), where he died May 28, 1878, ae. 68. He 
married first, May 2, 1833, Fanny Richardson Viniug, born June 
27, 1810, daughter of John Vining of Templeton. She became 
an invalid soon after her marriage and died at Templeton, Mass., 
Aug. 30, 1838, ae. 28. No children. George W. married second, 
Betsey Howard, of Brookfield. 

Children of George W. and Betsey, all of whom died young : 

i. George M., b. May 1, 1842. 
ii. Francis. 
iii. Fannie. 
iv. Frank. 

21. Royal 5 Comee [Jonathan, 4 David* John 2 David 1 ) was born in 

Hopkinton, Mass., Jan. 29, 1772; and died in Hopkinton, in Octo- 
ber 1852, ae. 80. He was a well-to-do farmer and always lived 
in Hopkinton on the east side of Whitehall Pond. He owned a 
large tract on the west side of the pond and an island, now called 
Comey's Island. He married Polly Andrews, of Milford, who 
died Aug. 29, 1873, aged 88 years, 8 months aud 8 days. 
Children of Royal and Polly, all born in Hopkinton: 

i. Hiram, b. July 18, 1806; m. 1832, Emily Gibbs. 

ii. Albert, b. Aug. 3, 1806; was twice m., and had seven children. 

iii. Elbridge Gerry, b. Nov. 21, 1811; m. Abigail J. Pierce. 

1896.] JSFotes and Queries, 219 

iv. Dexter, b. Feb. 21, 1814; d. inWestboro, Mass., Nov. 8, 1892. 
v. Martha Ann, b. Aug. 19, 1817; m. William B. Wales, of Hop- 
kinton; and d. April 10, 1845, leaving one child, Mary Ann. 
vi. Mary, b. July 12, 1823; d. unm. July 18, 1844. 



Shapleigh and Treworgie. — In the Register, July, 1851, p. 345, Mr. 
Thornton gives the record of Alexander Shapleigh and his descendants ; this 
record in some cases is correct, but the conclusions that Mr. Thornton arrives 
at are much in error; for example, in the foot note (3) referring to James 
Treworgye he says : " Probably Mr. Treworgye left no male descendants, else 
they would have claimed the estate, in company with the daughters, but there 
was ' John Treworgy ' at Saco, in 1728 — Folsom's Saco and Bid., 207,231,5, 
71. Who was he?" In speaking of Alex. Shapleigh, he supposes that he was 
born about 1600. He says : " Mr. James Treworgye was born as early as 1614, 
probably earlier, as in 1635," etc. In the deposition of Mr. Edward Johnson, 
Mr. Thornton corrects his testimony by substituting the name of James where 
that of John appears. He also corrects the testimony of Joan Atwell by sub- 
stituting the name of James for John, and also the title of father-in-law for 
grandfather, and at the end makes the following statement : " James, not John, 
Treworgy, was employed by Alex. Shapleigh. The grandson, John, mentioned 
by the witness Atwell, probably never existed except to be confused with the 
father in the mind of the witness." In all these matters Mr. Thornton, as I 
have previously stated, is in error. Mr. John Treworgye did exist, was the son 
of James Treworgye and Catherine Shapleigh, and consequently was the grand- 
son of Alexander Shapleigh. It is also now well known that he went as super- 
cargo for his grandfather previous to 1642, and was of sufficient age to repre- 
sent him and to manage his affairs, for he was born at Kingsweare on the Dart 
River, directly opposite Dartmouth, in 1618, and was baptized in the Church of 
St. Thomas a Becket at that place, the 30th Dec, 1618, so that the testimony 
of these witnesses was correct and not to be corrected. The Western Anti- 
quary or Note Book for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, England, No. 10, March, 
1886, vol. v., contains a record of the Shapleighs of Devonshire, by W. M. Sar- 
gent, A.M., in which also a number of errors occur, but he does not fall into 
that of Mr. Thornton in ignoring John Treworgye, the grandson of Alex. Shap- 
leigh, but takes Mr. Thornton to task for changing the testimony of the wit- 
nesses. Mr. Alex. Shapleigh is put clowm as being born in 1585, and as from 
Totnes, Devonshire. Mr. James Treworgye is said to have died in Newfound- 
land some time before 1650, before he was 35 years of age. These two state- 
ments are somewmat upset by the following facts : Mr. James Treworgye and 
Catherine Shapleigh were married in the Church at Kingsweare, March 16, 1616, 
so that Mr. A. Shapleigh must have been born a considerable number of years 
previous to 1585, and James Treworgye to have been much older than 35 when 
he died, probably a short time previous to 1650. From the same Church Regis- 
try I obtained also the following : Nicholas, son of Alex r Shapleigh, was bap d 
Jan. 1, 1617 or 18 (being at the close of the Registry for 1617. — John, son of 
James Treworgye, bap d 30 Dec, 1618. James Treworgye & Cath n Shapleigh 
were mar 1 16 March 1616 (James 14 th .") Jos. Bereford & Eliz h Shapley were 
mar d ye 4 th of July Anne Dom 1626 (King Charles II.). In one of the numbers 
of your magazine I noticed, in Notes and Queries, the question as to whether 
anyone could tell how Kittery Point, Maine, founded by the Shapleighs and 
Treworgyes, received its name. Alex. Shapleigh and his family lived in that 
portion of Kingsweare called Kittery Point to this day, and which still contains 
the Manor House, which was probably the residence of that family, and natu- 
rally when the family went to the new home in New England the old name was 
perpetuated in that of the new town. There is not a trace of the name of 
Alexander Shapleigh in any of the old papers relating to the history or records 

220 JVbtes and Queries. [April, 

of Totaes (which is a very old town about ten miles up the Dart River) , but 
there are many other members of the family, some of whom were mayors of 
the same. Although not successful in my search at Totnes, I was somewhat so 
in looking over the records of Dartmouth, where I found Ave references to Mr. 
Alexander Shapleigh, merchant, of Kingsweare. He is so spoken of in an 
acknowledgement of a contribution of money in 1620. In the same and follow- 
ing year the following items appear : — 

"In the ship ' Blessinge' of Kingsweare, from Lisbone, for Alexander Shap- 
ley, merchant (1620), £2 2. 0." 

"1620. In the 'Gift of God' of Kingsweare, from Lichbone (Lisbon), for 
Alexander Shapley, merchant, £0 1. 9." 

" 1621. In the ' Gift of God' of Dartmouth, from Newfoundland, for Alex- 
ander Shapley, £0 2. 1." 

"1621. In the 'William & John' of Dartmouth, from the Newfoundland, 
20th Sept., for the said Mr. Alexander Shapleigh, merchant, £0 1. 3." 

1720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Charles F. Haseltine. 

The Number of one's Ancestors. —Having recently compiled an account in 
some detail of my American ancestors, it occurs to me that a few statistics 
from the record may have general interest : 

The whole number of my male immigrant ancestors, so far as I have theii 
names, is forty-six; of whom the first came to New England in 1630, thirty- 
seven before 1650, and all before 1687. 

Judging by their names, one may have been French, one Irish, three Scot- 
tish, and thirty-six English, in origin. 

Of my immigrant ancestors, so far as I know or can proximately estimate 
their ages, the average age of twenty-four men was 31 years, and of ten women 
24 years, at the time of their arrival. The average age at death of twenty-eight 
men was QQ years, including two killed by Indians, and the average age at death 
of eighteen wives was 73. Nine men of the immigrants married twice and 
one three times. Five of their wives were married twice. The largest family 
of children was sixteen, by three wives. 

1 he whole number of children of thirty -two immigrant ancestors was two 
hundred and forty-two (7.56 to a family) of whom two hundred and fifteen 
became adult; those who died in their minority being about one in ten of those 
born, and 52.7 per cent, of those born were sons. 

I have records of twenty families of the second generation, showing the aver- 
age of 7.75 children to each family, of whom 48.3 per cent, were sons. 

Francis J. Parker. 

Hamlin Families of Bridgewater and Pembroke.— Some where from 1742 
to 1752 five persons of the name of Hamlin went to East Bridgewater, and set- 
tled near the town line, in that part of the town set off to Pembroke, June 5, 
1754. I have not found the names of their parents, or the town from whence 
they came. Their names were : 

1. Mary Hamlin, married in East Bridgewater, 1742, Joseph Richards. They 
moved to East Stoughton, now Avon, probably near the Randolph line. He died 
April, 1793, aged 81 ; the widow died Feb. 6, 1802. I have been unable to find 
her age. 

2. Isaac Hamlin, m. Sarah, daughter of Nicholas and Lydia Shaw, of Abing- 
ton, about 1747. He d. as of Bridgewater, 1763. The births of his children 
are recorded on Bridgewater records ; and their baptisms, part in Bridgewater 
and part in Pembroke. 

3. Mary Hamlin, m. in East Bridgewater, 1746, Thomas Moore. The births 
of his children are given on Bridgewater records ; and their baptisms on Pem- 
broke Church records. 

4. Elisabeth Hamlin, m. in East Bridgewater, Nov. 5, 1750. I find the bap- 
tisms of two of their children on Pembroke Church records. 

5. Eleazer Hamlin, m. in East Bridgewater, June 30, 1752, Lydia Bonney, by 
Rev. John Angier. The dates of birth of their two oldest children are on 
Bridgewater records, and the baptisms of their eleven children on Pembroke 
Church records. He is said to have moved from Bridgewater to Pembroke ; 

1896.] ITotes and Queries, 221 

possibly he may have lived in that part of Bridgewater set off to Pembroke 
1754. He moved to Harvard, 1780? And from there to Westford, 1789? 
where he d. Dec. 1, 1807, aged 75 years and 5 months. I think Eleazer and 
Isaac and Mary Richards and Elisabeth Holmes were brothers and sisters. This 
Eleazer was the grandfather of the late Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin, of 
Bangor. J. W. Porter. 

Bangor, Me. 


Manning. — Information will gladly be received of the following persons : 
William Manning, a resident of Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1635, had wife 

Susannah, and, after her death, 16 Oct. 1650, he married Elizabeth . He 

died in Boston about 1666. His son William, a merchant of Cambridge, and, by 
virtue of his office as selectman, much associated with the affairs of Harvard 
College, married about 1640, Dorothy . Who were these three wives? 

Abial (Wight) Manning, wife of Samuel of Billerica, was left a widow in 
1711 at the age of 57. Her death has not been found. Did she marry a second 
time? Her daughter Abial, born 16 Dec. 1698, has not been traced. Benjamin 
Shedd, born 5 Aug. 1696, who was of Billerica at the same period of time, had 
a wife Abial. Who was she? Eliphalet Manning, son of the above Samuel, 

married about 1712, Rebecca . Can she have been daughter of Thomas 

Frost, of Billerica? He had a child Rebecca, and Rebecca Manning named her 
second son Thomas. 

Captain John Manning was at Boston as early as 1640, where he was a mer- 
chant and member of the Artillery Company. His second wife was Ann, daugh- 
ter of Richard Parker, and she married, second, Wm. Gerrish, then of Boston, 
and had a son Henry born in 1676. John was living in 1663. When, or about 
when, did he die? 

Isaac Manning, born 15 April, 1685, at Billerica, married Margaret Eager and 
lived as late as 1723 at Cambridge, where he had eight children born. Did he 
continue to reside there, or remove? When and where did he and his wife die? 

John Manning, born 29 Feb. 1695-6, at Billerica, lived at Cambridge as late as 
1735; married, 1728, Rebecca Winship and had Sarah, baptized 20 April, 1729, 
John, 12 Dec. 1731, and Esther, 5 Jan. 1734-5. Were there other children? 
What became of the daughters? When and where did John, the father, die? 

Joseph Manning, born at Cambridge about 1705, graduated at Harvard 1730; 
was a physician at Woburn when he made his will, 1744 ; probably practiced at 
Medford, 1739 ; died before 4 Nov., 1745. He left his property to Harvard, and 
to his father, brothers and sisters, evidently having neither children nor wife. 
Was he ever married? The Register, vol. xxiv., mentions a John Manning 
who was surgeon in the Louisburg expedition of 1745. I know of no John of 
that period who was either a surgeon or physician. Was " John" an error of 
record for Joseph? 

Edward Manning, born at Cambridge, 26 March, 1724, married 1745, Patience 
Day, of Boston, and had children, Margaret, born 27 Sept. 1747, at Cambridge ; 
and, at Roxbury, Elizabeth, 28 Sept. 1750, Patience, 17 Dec. 1752, and Edward, 
baptized 14 July, 1754. Were there other children? When and where did 
the parents die? An intention of marriage at Boston, 6 May, 1759, is that of 
Casper Feiler [Fielder?] and Patience Manning, and she may have been widow 
of Edward, though there are some reasons for doubting it. Who married Mr. 
Fielder? Edward, father or son, was living in 1780. What become of the elder 
Edward's children? Was Edward, Jr.. the Revolutionary soldier from Boston? 
and was he the Edward captured by the British, 1777, as one of the crew of the 
brigantine "Rising States," and confined in Forton Prison, England, as de- 
scribed in the Register, vol. xxx., and after? Was he the Edward who proba- 
bly married Patience Flagg, at Boston, 1779 (intention, Nov. 18), and who was 
she? Was Patience Day the same born at Dorchester, 11 July, 1729, daughter 
of John and Patience? What was her ancestry? 

Caleb Manning, born 1746 ; lived at Charlestown, Meclford and Salem ; mar- 
ried Rachael Rand and had children Nathaniel, Caleb, Abigail, Mary and Eliza- 
beth. Can additions he made to the imperfect Charlestown records? What was 

222 JVotes and Queries. [April, 

the history of the daughters? Caleb, Jr., married 16 April, 1801, Lois Graves, 
of Salem, where both died; she, in 1807; he, in 1810. What children did they 
have? Who was Lois? 

Isaac Manning, Charlestown, married 8 Dec. 1763, Hannah Peirce, who died 

the next August. He then married Jane . I am anxious to learn the children 

of this marriage. What was Jane's maiden name? In the settlement of Isaac's 
estate, in 1787, the sureties for Jane, who was administratrix, were John Carter 
and Jabez Frothingham. Does this furnish a clew to her identity? 

Willam Manning, born at Charlestown, married in 1798, Mehitable Mclntire. 
When and where did he die? Their children were in part, and the list is believed 
to be correct, though possibly not full : Lydia and Samuel, said to have died 

unmarried; Eliza, married Abel B. King; Clarissa, (said to have married 

Penniman, and, second, Cannon), and William, who married Mary S. 

[Richardson?], and left children William, Edward, Augustus, Lenora, wife of 
Wm. Gove, and Catherine, wife of Wm. Blaisdell, some of whom are doubtless 
living. Their whereabouts, and suggestions as to where records may be found, 
are desired. 

What children did the following members have? Mary, born 20 Feb. 1744, at 
Tewksbury; married Hezekiah Brown. Rebecca, born 24 May, 1751, at Tewks- 
bury ; married David Hardy. Hannah, of Tewksbury, married in 1800 Thomas 
Richardson, "of Dracut." Mary, born 26 May, 1720, at Cambridge; married 
Stephen Randall. Mercy, born 19 Nov. 1735, at Cambridge; married Samuel 
Woods and had a daughter Mercy born at Roxbury in 1756 (baptized Nov. 7). 
Rebecca, married Caleb Marsh at Boston, about 1787. Elizabeth, of Charles- 
town, married William Taylor in 1787. 

Who were the contracting parties to the following marriages, and what fami- 
lies resulted therefrom? Dorothy Manning and Henry Wholman [Holman?] 
at Boston, 1732, intention Aug. 12. Sarah Manning and Edward Gray, at Bos- 
ton, 1737, intention Dec. 15. Richard Manning and Eleanor Mitchell, at Boston, 
1737-8, intention Feb. 27. Elizabeth Maiming and William Thompson, at Bos- 
ton, 1741, intention July 17. Nathaniel Manning and Elizabeth Larned, at Bos- 
ton, 1795, intention Dec. 3. Robert Manning and Hannah Green, at Salem, 30 
March, 1738. Jacob Manning and Mary Tyler, at Salem, 2 July, 1745. Mary 
Tyler's parentage I know ; of the others I have learned nothing. Who were 

What became of the following persons born at Cambridge? Sarah, born 27 
March, 1708; Benjamin, 15 Oct. 1730; Thomas, 8 May, 1727. Born at Billerica: 
Mary, 21 Dec. 1705; Martha, 26 July, 1718. Born at Charlestown: Daniel, 4 
March, 1740; Margaret, baptized 28 Jan. 1745. At Townsend : Martha, 4 Dec. 
1755. In Connecticut: Samuel, Woodstock, 15 Aug. 1724; Jacob, Windham, 
5 Oct. 1750; Samuel, Norwich, 15 Sep. 1749. 

Wm. H. Manning, 

Brooklyn, N. Y. 

"Care of Long Island Historical Societv. 

Kimball. — Solomon Farnham Kimball, born in or about 1774, married Anna 
Spalding, born same year, and settled in Sheldon, Franklin County, Vt., about 
1794, where they had the following children, born between 1794 and 1808 : 
Charles Spaulding, Eliza, Abigail, Heber Chase, b. 14 June, 1801 ; Melvina, Sol- 
omon F., Jr., b. 5 Feb. 1805, and Daniel. Heber C. was the famous associate 
of Brigham Young in the leadership of the Mormon people. In 1812 the family 
removed from Sheldon to Mendon, Monroe County, N. Y., where the parents 
both died in 1825, the age of each being given as 51 years. Information show- 
ing the parentage or birthplace of this Solomon Farnham Kimball will be paid 
for. Address B. F. Cummings, Jr., 15 Pemberton Square, Boston, Mass. 

Booth. — Calvin Booth, or John Calvin Booth (full name uncertain), settled 
in Scipio, Cayuga County, N. Y., not far from 1800. Among his children were 
Lorenzo, b. there 13 Oct. 1807 ; Hiram, and, it is thought, Obadiah. Lorenzo 
married Parthenia Works, became a Mormon and went to Kirtland, Ohio, and 
later to Nauvoo, 111. Gideon Booth had at Long Meadow, Mass., or near there, 
a large family, among whom was John Calvin, b. 6 June 1773. Is the latter the 
same person as the Scipio settler? Information that will determine this point, 
or lead to the ancestry of the Scipio settler, will be paid for. Address B. F. 
Cummings, Jr., 15 Pemberton Square, Boston, Mass. 

1896.] Notes and Queries. 223 

Weld — Knight — Rickard. — 

Weld.— Has the maiden name of Amy, wife of Edmund Weld of Sudbury, 
Eng. (whose will appeared in the October Register) ever been ascertained? 
Who were the parents of Edmund Weld of Sudbury, and how connected with 
the " Welds of Eaton"? Information also desired concerning the family of 
Elizabeth, first wife of Capt. Joseph Weld of Roxbury, Mass. 

Knight. — Who was the father of Richard Knight who married Lucy Short? 
He was of Cranston, R.I. The marriage took place not far from 1780. Wanted, 
the exact elate. 

Bickard. — Is it known in what ship Gyles Rickard arrived in America, and 
whether from England or Wales? He is first mentioned in Plymoutn records 
in 1637. A. S. W. Rickard. 

Woonsocket, B. I. 

Palmer— Moore. — Will some member of the N. E. Historic Genealogical 
Society inform me of the parentage of Mary Palmer, of Stonington, Conn., 
who married, 1729, at Stonington, William Moore, and about 1745 to '50, re- 
moved to Dutchess County, N. Y. Her children were : i. Allen, b. 1730 : ii. 
Andrew, b. 1735 ; iii. James, b. 1738 ; iv. Abilene ; v. Elizabeth ; vi. Content, 
b. 1743 ; vii. William ; viii. Mary. The first three were born at Stonington, 
the sister at Westerly, L. I. Helen Wilkinson Reynolds. 

Answer. — Mary Palmer, b. 1713, was a daughter of Moses and Abigail (Allen) 
Palmer, as will be seen by the following pedigree : 

1. Walter Palmer m. (2) at Charlestown, Mass., Rebecca Short. Their 
sixth child, 

2. Moses, bapt. 6 April, 1640, settled at Stonington with his father. His 
wife was Dorothy. He died 6 July, 1701. Their children were : 

3. i. Moses, b. 20 October, 1673. 
ii. Dorothy, b. 11 August, 1675. 
iii. John, b. 1 September, 1677. 
iv. Annie, bapt. 25 April, 1680. 
v. Rebecca, bapt. 30 April, 1682. 

3. Moses Palmer, b. 20 October, 1673 ; married 1 April, 1703, Abigail Allen. 
Their children were : 

i. John, b. 19 June, 1705. 

ii. Anne, b. 3 December, 1706. 

iii. Anomjma, b. 28 August, 1708; d. 26 September, 1708. 

iv. Abigail, b. 10 September, 1709. 

v. Dorothy, b. 20 November, 1711. 

4. vi. Mary, b. 28 June, 1713. 

vii. Moses, b. 18 July, 1715; d. 3 April, 1726. 
viii. Submit, b. 3 May, 1718. 
ix. Rebecca, b. 5 April, 1720. 
x. Lois, b. 3 March, 1722. 

4. Mary Palmer, b. 28 June, 1713 ; married at Stonington 4 June, 1729, 
William More. Children : 

i. Allen More, b. 17 Jan., 1730. 
ii. Andrew, b. 6 Jan., 1735. 
iii. James, b. 21 March, 1738; d. 14 Feb., 1739. 
The remainder of the children of William and Mary (Palmer) More do not 
occur on the Stonington, Conn., record. Richard A. Wheeler. 

Cornwell, Robinson, Quackenbush. — 

Cornwall. — Wanted the maiden name of Mary , wife of John Corn- 
well, married at East Micldletown (now Portland), Conn., about 1743. 

Bobinson. — Wanted the ancestry of Susan Robinson and elate and place of her 
birth and marriage to Ozias Cornwell, who was baptized April 3, 1763, at East 
Micldletown (now Portland), Conn., and removed with his father, John Corn- 
well, to Granville, Mass., during or soon after the close of the Revolutionary 

Quackenbush. — Wanted ancestry of Mary Quackenbush, b. March 8, 1753, 
married. Gideon Marlett (variously spelled Merlet, Melat, Marlatt, &c), and 
lived in Glen (then Charleston), Montgomery Co., N. Y. R. S. Taft. 

Burlington, Vt. 

224 Notes and Queries. [April, 

Nicholas 1 Cady, of Watertown, Mass., 1645; of Croton, Mass., 1668; mar- 
ried about 1650, Judith, daughter of William Kuapp, Sr., of Watertown, 1636. 
Desired, the dates and place of death of Nicholas and Judith (Knapp) Cady. 

Joseph 2 Cady (Nicholas 1 ), born in Watertown, Mass., May 28, 1666; of Gro- 
ton, Mass., 1668; removed in 1703, to Killingly, Conn., and died there Dec. 29, 

1742. He m. about 1689, Sarah . Desired, the place and date of her 

death, and her parentage. 

David 3 Cady (Joseph 2 . Nicholas 1 ), born Sept. 1703, at Killingly, Conn., mar- 
ried Oct. 22, 1722, Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Waters) Whi'tmore. 
Wanted, date of death of David 3 Cady. 

Daniel 3 Lawrence (Enoch 2 , John 1 ), born March 7, 1681, in Groton, Mass. ; of 
Plainfield, Conn., about 1707; died May 8, 1777, in Canaan, Conn. He married 

1st, about 1701, Sarah . She died Jan. 26, 1711-12, Plainfield, Conn. 

Desired, her parentage. 

499 Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Ills. Scott Jordan. 

Buzzell. — I would like to have following queries answered. 

1. Sarah, clau. of Francis Pitman, m. William Buzzell of Oyster River, 
N. H., Nov. 28, 1728. Should like to know something further about her. 

2. Parents of Eunice Drew of Middleton, N. H., who m. William Buzzell 
about 1758. 

3. Parents of Judith Home, who m. Henry Buzzell before 1740. 

4. Ancestry of Sarah Hill, who m. Silas Buzzell about 1765 and died June 
5, 1782. 

5. Parents of Sarah Wibird, who m. John Buzzell, Jr., Jan. 4, 1724-5. 

6. One of the daughters of John and Sarah married a Gray. Can any one tell 
anything further? 

7. Betsey, daughter of John and Phebe (Evans) Buzzell, married a Johnson. 
Molly, another daughter, married a Keneston ; and Phebe, another daughter, 
married a Jiles or Giles. Can any one tell of the descendants of either of these? 

8. About 1760 John Stevens lived in Barnstead, N. H., and had Sarah, who 
m. Andrew Willey, John, Olive who never m., one who m. Wiall Leavitt, Nan- 
cy, one who m. Allen, another who m. John Dockum. and another who 

m. a Bunker. Can any one tell anything of the above John Stevens or of any 
of his children? 

9. Ancestry of Patience Dogget, b. 1670, died 1760, m. 1695 Samuel Annable. 
10. Ancestry of Ann Gorham of Barnstable, Mass., who m. Thomas Annable 

Aug. 7, 1740. H. L. Buzzell. 

Fairhaven, Mass. 

Layton, Leach and Harwood. — John Layton, or Lawton, said to have been 
born 1630 ; in 1652 settled in Newtown, L. I., N. Y., removed to Suffielcl, Conn. ; 
died September, 1690. He married twice : 1st, Joanna Williams, 165.9 ; 2d, 
Benedicta, 1665. Wanted, fuller data and information of this family and its 
branches. A James Lawton m. 1st, November 1693, Abigail Lamb; m. 2d, 
Faith Newell. Who were her parents? 

Bezcr Leach, b (Zadoc, 4 Jesse, 3 John, 2 Giles 1 ), a caster in an iron foundry, 
married 1793, in Middleboro', Betsey Shaw, and had : Ezra (a well-to-do citi- 
zen of New Bedford), Isaac and Anne. Wanted, the parents of Betsey Shaw, 
and her grandchildren. 

George Harwood and Jane (Register, vol. ii., page 189-90), had three chil- 
dren in 1639-1642 in Boston. Wanted, full name of wife, and further record of 
the family, male and female, B. A. Leonard. 

DePere, Wisconsin. 

Devotion, Huntington. — Information is desired on the following points, 
viz. : — 

1. The French ancestry of Edward Devotion [b. 1621] of Roxbury, Mass. 

2. The lineage of Samuel Huntington, b. July 3, 1732, at Windham, Conn., 
d. Jan. 5, 1796, at Norwich, Conn., was one of the signers of the Declaration 
of Independence. 

11 The Kingdom" Xenia, O. (Miss) Emma C. King. 

1896.] Notes and Queries. 225 

Custom House Notes. — During the war of the Revolution, and up to the 
formation of the Federal Government in 1789, the custom houses, or ports of 
entry, in Massachusetts were controlled and managed by the State. Where are 
the records and papers of Boston, Salem, Marblehead, Newburyport, etc.? 

Brookline, Mass. A. A. Folsom. 

Mercy and Mary. — I have seen so often in old manuscripts the given names 
" Mary" and " Mercy" (or Marcy) used interchangeably that I am led to think 
that frequently in early times they were considered the same. The instances 
are so common that I cannot ascribe this interchangeble use of the words to 
clerical carelessness on the part of the writer. Have other persons no.ticed the 
same fact? S. A. G. 

Gold or Gould. — Would like ancestry of Wm. Gold or Gould who married 
in Milford, Ct., about 1704-G, 1st Abigail Disborough, 2d Mary Adkins. He 
signs as of New Milford in 1724, and descendants easily traced. 

Milford, Ct. Mrs. Nathan G. Pond. 


Rev. William Stoughton {ante p. 9).— On June 5, 1602, the town of Guil- 
ford (Conn.) voted to send George Hubbard as a messenger to invite Rev. Jo- 
seph Eliot to become pastor in the town. If he decline Hubbard is directed to 
ask the opinion of Messrs. Gookiu, Mitchell and Mather with reference to call- 
ing " one Mr. Stoughton, who (as we hear) is coming out of England." Mr. 
Eliot, however, accepted the call. The life of Stoughton in the January num- 
ber of the Register reminded me of this, which has never been printed. 

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Md. Bernard C. Steiner. 

Seth Ingersoll Browne.— Register, vol. xliv. pages 281-286. Since writing 
the article on " Nicholas Browne of Reading and some of his Descendents," a few 
facts in connection with my grandfather, Seth Ingersoll Browne, have come to 
my notice, which may not make an uninteresting addition to that paper. In the 
first place, however, it may be said, that Inkburrow is not the right spelling of 
the name, In searching for some trace of my grandfather's English ancestry, 
I found in the Boston Public Library (where almost everything else can be 
found) " The Official Maps of the Imperial Gazetteer," in which the place was 
described as follows : — 

" Inkberrow, a village and a parish in Worcestershire. The village stands 
near the boundary with Warwickshire, five and a half miles west of Alcester, on 
the M. R and G. W. R. . . has a post and money order office under Redditch." 
The parish includes several others and the whole population is 1628. "The 
manor belongs to the Marquis of Abergavenny. . . The living is a vicarage 
in the diocese of Worcester. . . The church is large, chiefly perpendicular and 
contains Sedilia and an altar tomb of 1631, restored in 1888." I send these de- 
tails hoping that some descendant, in visiting England, may be able to trace the 
ancestry of Edward and Jane Lide Browne, the parents of the first American of 
the name. Seth Ingersoll Browne's gun, which he carried at Bunker Hill, is now 
in the possession of his grandson, Eben O. Hawes of Roxbury. It was be- 
queathed by my grandfather to his daughter Mrs. Cynthia Browne Hawes, in 
about 1808. It is a King's arm with a flint lock, and weighs about ten pounds. 
It is over six feet long, and the ramrod is over three feet long. On the right 
side of the barrel is engraved or stamped " G. R." surmounted by a crown and 
the word " Tower"; on the left side there are two crowns under one of which 
there is something that looks like a " V" or an " A " upside down, and under 
the other an emblem not easy to describe. 

Seth Ingersoll Browne was buried in the Granary Burying Ground in tomb 
No. 52, near Gov. Sullivan's, originally marked " Warren," and owned in part by 
a relative of my grandfather, Elisha Browne. But this tomb was sold after 1808, 
as were some others, by the selectmen of Boston, probably, and another name 
was substituted, and is now on the tomb. (See Records in the Office of the Board 
of Health in the City of Boston.) 

Maiden, Mass. ' Harriet H. Robinson. 

226 Notes and Queries. [April, 

Knowlton. — On pages 344-346 of this magazine for October, 1861, Volume 
15, there is given a Genealogical Table of the Knowlton Family by Ashbel 
Woodward, M.D., in which several omissions and errors appear. The list of 
descendants of Lieutenant Daniel and Col. Thomas Knowlton given on page 
346, should read as follows : 

Lieut. Daniel 6 (21) and Elisabeth had: 

(28) i. Daniel, 7 born Dec. 7, 1765 : married Betsey Burchard. He died Febru- 

ary, 1834. He had seven children, the fourth of whom, son Phineas, 8 
died a soldier in the army. 

(29) ii. Elisabeth, 7 b. March 24, 1768 ; m. Frederick Chaffee, of Ashford. 

(30) iii. Nathaniel, 7 b. Dec. 24, 1770; m. Sarah Leaeh, and had children: 

Farnham, 8 Emily A., 8 Hosea, 8 Myron, 8 William 8 and Nathaniel. 8 

(31) iv. Manassah, 7 twin brother of Nathaniel, 7 b. Dec. 24, 1770; m. 1st, Lydia 

Burton and had children: Oren, 8 Ephraim, 8 Isaac, 8 Orendia, 8 
Almira, 8 Maria, 8 George W., 8 and Perinelia 8 ; m. 2d, Elisabeth 
Card; m. 3d, Clarissa Cogswell. 

(32) v. Ephraim, 7 b. Oct. 3, 1773. 

(33) vi. Martha, 7 b. Feb. 24, 1777, m. Charles Brandon, of Ashford. 

(34) vii. Keziah, 7 b. Feb. 9, 1781; m. Jan. 3, 1805, Amasa Lyon, Esq., of Ash- 

ford. Lineage of husband and children already given ; see page 

(35) viii. Hannah, 7 b. April 19, 1783 ; m. Daniel Knowlton, Esq., and had sons : 

Miner, 8 Danford, 8 Edwin, 8 and daughters : Amanda, 8 Miriam, 8 
and Elvira 8 . Their eldest son, Miner, was educated at West 
Point; was subsequently assistant professor in that institution, 
and now holds a commission in the Army of the United States. 
See page 225. 
By wife Rebecca, had : 

(36) ix. Erastus Fenton, 7 b. Jan. 29, 1790; m. Waite Windsor, of Gloucester, 

R. I. 

(37) x. Marvin, 7 b. Sept. 3, 1794; m. Calista Leonard, of Stafford, Conn. 

Col. Thomas 6 (22) and Anna, had : 
(38) i. Frederick, 7 b. Dec. 4, 1760; d. Oct. 9, 1841. He served in the 
campaign of 1776, and was with his father at the battle at Har- 
lem Heights. 
Sally, 7 b. Nov. 23, 1763. 
Thomas, 7 b. July 13, 1765. 
Dolly, 7 b. Jan. 11, 1767. 
Abigail, 7 b. June 20, 1768. 
Samson, 7 b. Feb. 8, 1770; d. Sept. 10, 1777. 
Anna, 7 b. June 8, 1771 ; d. June 4, 1772. 
. Anna, 7 b. March 19, 1773. 
Lucinda, 7 b. Nov. 10, 1776; d. Feb. 16, 1805. 

All persons having in their possession copies of the New-England Historical and 
Genealogical Register, Volume XV. (1861), and also copies of Ashbel Wood- 
ward's Life of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, published by Case, Lockwood & Co., Hart- 
ford, 1862. are requested to send their names and addresses to Rev. Charles H. 
W. Stocking, D.D., No. 16 Prospect Terrace, East Orange, N. J., and will be 
furnished with a correct table of descendants, to insert at page 346 of the 
former volume, and page 356 of the latter. 

















Edward Whalley and William Goffe. — The article in the January number 
of the Register for 1896, recalls an item I copied several years ago, also bring- 
ing to mind the reason for my copying it. Nearly fifty years ago, when riding 
out with an uncle of mine, in passing an old forsaken house he said to me : 
"there's where the Whalleys used to live." In some way the remark he made 
concerning the house and the Whalleys was never forgotten. In the garret of 
the William Mudge house at Glen Cove, L. I., there was recently found an old 
account book in which " Moses Mudg," who was the early " store keeper" of 
Musceta Cove, had entered his charges against the inhabitants of " the planta- 
tion" for goods sold them. The entries commence with the year 1674, — and 
with 1676 there are many charges against persons who had sought refuge at 
Musceta Cove from Rhode Island, because of the King Philip war; and among 
them was Mr. Goff, — the only " Mr." in the whole book. I have always thought 

1896.] Societies and their Proceedings. 227 

since becoming interested in genealogical research that this "Mr. Goff" of 
Mudge's book was none other than the son-in-law of Edward Whalley — and that 
they both were in 1676 living in tbe house pointed out to me by my uncle, 
Charles Underbill, a descendant of " Capt. John," who had probably heard the 
tradition from the Underbill family — they having their plantation but a little 
way off from the Whalley house. The location of this house was in that part 
of the town called "Buckram," some three miles from Glen Cove, entirely 
isolated and well situated for the purpose of protecting the regicides from 
arrest. Again, after the Revolution, there were several families bearing the 
name of " Whalley " living in this immediate vicinity, and though their descend- 
ants know nothing of "Edward Whalley the Regicide," yet it appears to me 
that they must be in some way connected. In one churchyard there are four 
graves of Whalleys whose births elate prior to the Revolution. 
Maplewood, iV. J. Daniel H. Carpenter. 

Historical Intelligence. 

Thayer. — Members of the Thayer family will be glad to learn that Mr. W. P. 
W. Phillimore has been induced to include in his forthcoming series of Glouces- 
tershire (England) Marriage Registers the Marriage Registers of Thornbury, 
from whence came Thomas and Richard Tayer, or Thayer. The subscription 
price, 10s. 6d., for the Thornbury Marriage Registers when published, should 
be sent to Mr. Phillimore at 124 Chancery Lane, London, W. C., England. 

II. E. W. 

Genealogies in Preparation. — Persons of the several names are advised to 
furnish the compilers of these genealogies with records of their own families 
and other information which they think may be useful. We would suggest that 
all facts of interest illustrating family histoiy or character be communicated, 
especially service under the U. S. Government, the holding of other offices, 
graduation from college or professional schools, occupation, with places and 
dates of birth, marriage, residence and death. When there are more than one 
christian name they should all be given in full if possible. No initials should 
be used when the full names are known. 

Gifford. — Mr. H. E. Gifford, Wollaston, Mass., has in press a genealogy of 
the Gifford family, from 1630 to 1896, containing nearly 2000 names. Price 
$1.50. The edition will be limited to the number of copies subscribed for. 

Lowell. — Rev. D. R. Lowell, Post Chaplain U. S. Army, Fort Douglas, Salt 
Lake City, Utah, has in preparation a genealogy of the Lowell family. He has 
been engaged in collecting data for eight years, and has travelled thousands of 
miles in the search. He has also obtained the MS. genealogical collections of 
the late Abner Lowell of Portland, Maine, who for years made a successful 
search for the Lowell genealogy. Circulars will be furnished by the compiler 
on application. 


New-England Historic Genealogical Society. 

Boston, Massachusetts, Wednesday, October 2, 1S95. — A stated meeting was 
held this afternoon, at three o'clock, in Marshall P. Wilder Hall, in the Society's 
House, the president, Hon. William Claflin, LL.D., in the chair. 

The president introduced the Rev. Lucius Robinson Paige, the oldest living 
member, and the first member elected after the formation of the Society, now 
in the 94th year of his age. Dr. Paige expressed his gratification at being once 
more present at a meeting of the society and the delight he experienced in visit- 
ing the' Society's House and beholding the improvements in the library and 
building. When Dr. Paige withdrew the members rose and remained standing 
till he left. 

228 Societies and their Proceedings, [April, 

Robert T. Swan, Esq., Commissioner on Records in this State, read a paper 
entitled " Some Observations of and upon the Town Records in Massachu- 

Six resident members were elected. 

A committee of three was appointed to report on the advisability of the crea- 
tion of a Bureau of Public Records by the State. 

Resolutions were passed on the death of Alexander H. Rice, LL.D., prepared 
by Hon. John D. Long; Hon. Henry Oscar Houghton, A.M., by Rev. Dr. Bying- 
ton; and Rev. Alonzo Ames Miner, D.D., by Rev. Anson Titus. The re- 
ports of Rev. EzraH. Byington, D.D., the historiographer, of Charles S. Ensign, 
LL.B., the corresponding secretary, and of John W. Dean, the librarian, were 

November 6. — A stated meeting was held in Marshall P. Wilder Hall, this af- 
ternoon, President Claflin in the chair. 

The Rev. Egbert C. Smyth, D.D., President of Andover Theological Sem- 
inary, read a paper on " The Early Writings of Jonathan Edwards." Rev. Anson 
Titus followed with some remarks. 

Rev. Dr. E. H. Byington, chairman of the committee on the Preservation of 
the Records of Massachusetts, made a report, the consideration of which was 
postponed till the next meeting. 

The reports of the council, the corresponding secretary, the historiographer 
and the librarian were presented. 

Fifteen resident members were elected. 

December 4. — A stated meeting was held this afternoon. In the absence of 
the president, Charles S. Ensign, LL.B., was chosen president pro tern. 

Rev. William Copley Winslow, D.D., LL.D., D.C.L., read a paper on " Gov- 
ernor Edward Winslow ; his Part and Place in Plymouth Colony." 

The report of the Committee on the Public Records was taken up and dis- 
cussed. A committee of five was elected to appear at the several hearings of 
the committee in charge of the subject and urge such practical measures as they 
approve for the preservation of the Public Records. 

The reports of the council, the corresponding secretary, the historiographer 
and the librarian were presented. 

Nine resident members were elected. 

A nominating committee,, consisting of Rev. George M. Bodge and Messrs. 
Don Gleason Hill, George B. Knapp, William B. Trask and Hon. Charles Levi 
Woodbury, were elected by ballot; and Aaron Sargent, Esq., and Hon. Nathan- 
iel J. Rust were appointed auditors. 

January 1, 1896. — The fiftieth annual meeting was held at three o'clock this 
afternoon, at Marshall P. Wilder Hall, Society's House, 18 Somerset street, Bos- 
ton, the president, Hon. William Claflin, LL.D., in the chair. 

The monthly report of the council was presented. 

Several resident members were elected. 

The business of the annual meeting was then taken up, and the annual re- 
ports of the council, the treasurer, the corresponding secretary, the historiog- 
rapher, the librarian and the trustees of the Kidder Fund were presented. 

The Rev. George M. Bodge, A.M., chairman of the nominating committee, 
reported a list of candidates for officers for the ensuing year. Messrs. Albert 
A. Folsom and David G. Haskins, Jr., were appointed tellers. A ballot was 
taken and all the candidates nominated were elected. 

President Claflin then delivered his annual address. The subject of his ad- 
dress was " The Life and Public Services of John Hancock." 

Thanks were voted for their valuable services to the retiring officers and 
counsellors, namely, Charles S. Ensign, LL.B., Rev. E. H. Byington, D.D., 
Hon. Charles C. Coffin and Don Gleason Hill. 

It was voted that the Address of the President, the Annual Reports this day 
accepted, the Special Report made to the Council at their June meeting, re- 
lating to the Towne Memorial Fund, the biographical notices of deceased mem- 
bers printed in the Register for April, July and October, 1895, and January, 
1896, together with the proceedings of this meeting, be printed in pamphlet 
form, and distributed to the members (including the families of members de- 
ceased during the year) , donors and exchanging societies ; the number of the 
copies to be determined by the committee on publication. 

1896.] Societies and their Proceedings, 229 

The following are the officers for 1896-7 : 

President. — Hon. William Claflin, LL.D., of Newton, Mass. 

Vice Presidents. — Hon. Charles Levi Woodbury, of Boston, Mass. ; Hon. Jo- 
seph Williamson, A.M., of Belfast, Me. ; Hon. Frederick Smyth, A.M., of Man- 
chester, N. H. ; Hon. James Barrett, LL.D., of Rutland, Vt. ; Hon. Herbert 
Warren Ladcl, A.M., of Providence, R. I.; Prof. Edward Elbridge Salisbury, 
LL.D., of New Haven, Conn. 

Becording Secretary. — George Augustus Gordon, A.M., of Somerville, Mass. 

Corresponding Secretary. — Albert Harrison Hoyt, A.M., of Boston, Mass. 

Treasurer. — Benjamin Barstow Torrey, of Hanover, Mass. 

Librarian. — John Ward Dean, A.M., of Medforcl, Mass. 

The following are the members of the Council for 1896 : 

Ex-Officio. — Hon. William Claflin, LL.D.; George A. Gordon, A.M. ; Benja- 
min B. Torrey; Hon. Charles Levi Woodbury; Albert Harrison Hoyt, A.M.; 
John Ward Dean, A.M. 

For the Term Ending in 1897. — Francis Everett Blake, of Boston, Mass. ; 
George Kuhn Clarke, LL.B., of Needham, Mass.; Albert Alonzo Folsom, of 
Brookline, Mass. 

For the Term Ending in 1898. — William Tracy Eustis, of Boston, Mass. ; 
David Greene Haskins, Jr., A.M., LL.B., of Cambridge, Mass. ; Hon. Newton 
Talbot, of Boston, Mass. 

For the Term Ending in 1899. — Charles Sidney Ensign, LL.B., of Watertown, 
Mass. ; John Tyler Hassam, A.M., of Boston, Mass. ; Henry Allen Hazen, D.D., 
of Auburndale, Mass. 

February 5. — A stated meeting was held this afternoon, Hon. Charles Levi 
Woodbury, vice president, in the chair. 

Rev. Carlton Albert Staples, of Lexington, Mass., read a paper on the " Han- 
cock-Clarke House in Lexington." 

Reports of the corresponding secretary, the librarian and the council were 
presented. Eight resident members were elected. 

Old Colony Historical Society. 

Taunton, Massachusetts, Thursday, October 24, 1895. — A quarterly meeting 
was held this afternoon at two o'clock, in Historical Hall, the president, Rev. 
Samuel Hopkins Emery, D.D., in the chair. 

President Emery delivered a brief address. 

Dea. E. W. Porter, the historiographer, made his report. 

Joshua Eddy Crane read a memoir of William Allen of East Bridgewater. 

Capt. John W. D. Hall, the librarian, made his report. 

Monday, January IS, 1896. — The annual meeting was held this evening in 
Historical Hall. 

President Emery delivered an address. 

A report by Prof. John Ordronaux of New York, one of the early members 
of the society, was read, giving an account of the first annual meeting of the 
Mayflower Descendants, onthe22d of November, 1895, at Hotel Waldorf, in the 
city of New York, which he attended as the representative of this society. 

The librarian made his quarterly report. 

John F. Montgomery, the treasurer, made his annual report. 

The nominating committee reported the names of the following candidates 
for officers for the ensuing year, who were unanimously elected : 

President. — Rev. Samuel Hopkins Emery, D.D., of Taunton. 

Vice-Presidents. — Hon. Edmund H. Bennett, LL.D., of Taunton, and Rev. 
William L. Chaffin of North Easton. 

Becording Secretary and Librarian. — Capt. John W. D. Hall of Taunton. 

Corresponding Secretary. — Hon. Charles A. Reed of Taunton. 

Treasurer. — John F. Montgomery of Taunton. 

Auditor. — Capt. George A. Washburn of Taunton. 

Historiographer. — Joshua E. Crane of Taunton. 

Directors. — Hon. William E. Fuller and Henry M. Lovering of Taunton ; Hon. 
John E. Brayton of Fall River; Hon. William W. Crapo of New Bedford, and 
James M. Cushman and E. W. Porter of Taunton. 

Hon. Charles A. Reed of Taunton read a paper on " The Early History of 
Bristol County." 

230 Societies and their Proceedings. [April, 

Rhode Island Historical Society. 

Providence, Tuesday, October 1, 1895. — A quarterly meeting was held this 
evening, in the society's Cabinet in Waterman street. 

The receipt of four thousand dollars, a bequest from Charles W. Parsons, 
M.D., was announced. 

Twelve members, one life member and one corresponding member, were 

Oct. 15. — A stated meeting was held this evening, Hon. George M. Carpen- 
ter, vice-president, in the chair. 

Hon. Horatio Rogers, the president of the society, read a paper on " The Bay 
State Puritans' Persecution of Mary Dyer." 

Oct. 29. — A stated meeting was held this evening. 

Miss Ellen D. Larned, author of the History of Windham County, Connecti- 
cut, read a paper on " The Relations of Providence and Windham County, 

Nov. 12.— A stated meeting was held this evening. 

The Rev. Ezra Hoyt Byington, D.D., read a paper on " The Early Puritan 
Ministers of New England." 

Nov. 26. — A stated meeting was held this evening, President Rogers in the 

Miss Grace S. Kimball read a paper on " The East India Trade of Providence 
from 1787 to 1807." 

Dec. 10. — A stated meeting was held this evening. 

Robert T. Swan, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Records, read a 
paper entitled " Some Observations on Public Records and Papers." 

Dec. 31. — A stated meeting was held. 

Frank Greene Bates, a graduate and Fellow of Cornell University, read a 
paper entitled " Massachusetts and the Impost of 1781." 

January 14, 1896. — The seventy-fourth annual meeting was held this even- 
ing at eight o'clock, in the Society's Cabinet, the president, Hon. Horatio Rog- 
ers, in the chair. 

The annual reports were presented. 

President Rogers delivered his annual address. He announced his decision 
not to be a candidate for re-election. 

The election of officers was then taken up and resulted as follows : 

President. — Hon. Johu H. Stiness. 

Vice-Presidents. — George M. Carpenter, William B. Weeden, 

Secretary and Librarian. — Amos Perry. 

Treasurer. — Richmond P. Everett. 

Nominating Committee. — Albert V. Jencks, James E. Cranston, Edward I. 

Library Committee. — William D. Ely, Howard W. Preston, Amos Perry. 

Lecture Committee. — Amos Perry, Reuben A. Guild, William B. Weeden. 

Publication Committee. — James G. Vose, Wilfred H. Munro, Amos Perry, 
Amasa M. Eaton, John H. Stiness, Fred A. Arnold, J. Franklin Jameson. 

Committee on Grounds and Buildings.— Isaac H. Southwick, Jr., Isaac C. 
Bates, Edwin Barrows. 

Committee on Genealogical Besearches. — Henry E. Turner, John O. Austin, 
George T. Hart. 

Committee on Necrology. — Wilfred H. Munro, Samuel H. Webb, Amos Perry. 

Finance Committee. — Robert H. I. Goddard, Charles H. Smith, Richmond P. 

Audit Committee. — Lewis J. Chace, James Burdick, Ferdinand A. Lincoln. 

Procurators. — For Newport, George Gordon King ; Woonsocket, Latimer W. 
Ballon; Pawtucket, Samuel M. Conant; North Kingstown, David S. Baker; 
Hopkinton, George H. Olney; Chepachet, Dr. Potter. 

February 10. — A stated meeting was held this evening. 

John Eddy read a paper entitled " The Burning of the Steamer Martha Wash- 
ington on the Mississippi River in February, 1852." 

Feb. 25. — A stated meeting was held this evening. 

William B. Weeden read a paper on " Minorities in Municipal Government." 

1896.] Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society. 231 

March 11. — A stated meeting was held this evening. 

Keuben A. Guild, LL.D., read a paper entitled "The Federal Adelphi of 
Brown University, Tristam Burgess and Francis Wayland. 

Maine Genealogical Society. 

Portland, Wednesday, January 15, 1896. — The annual meeting of this society 
was held this evening, in its rooms in the public library building, the president, 
the Hon. M. F. King, in the chair. 

The reports of the secretary, the treasurer and the librarian were presented. 

The following officers were elected : 

President. — Marquis F. King. 

Vice President. — Albion K. P. Meserve. 

Secretary. — Fred O. Conant. 

Treasurer. — Millard F. Hicks. 

Librarian. — Joseph P. Thompson. 


Prepared by the Historiographer, Rev. Geoegb M. Adams, D.D., of Auburndale, Mass. 

The sketches of deceased members prepared for the Register are of 
necessity brief, because the space that cau be appropriated is quite limited. 
All the materials for more extended memoirs which can be gathered are 
preserved in the archives of the Society, and they will be available for use 
in preparing the " Memorial Biographies," of which five volumes have 
been issued and a sixth volume is in preparation. The income from the 
Towne Memorial Fund is devoted to the publication of these volumes. 

Henry Delevan Paine, M.D., of New York, a corresponding member of 
this Society since 1857, was born in Delhi, Delaware County, New York, June 
19, 1816, and died in New York, June 11, 1893. His earliest ancestor in this 
country was Stephen Paine, who came to New England in 1038, and settled in 
Hingham. He removed to Rehoboth in 1641. The line of descent has been as 
follows: Stephen; 1 Stephen, 2 born in England, 1629, married Anne Checkering, 
and died 1679 ; Stephen, 3 born in Rehoboth, Sept. 29, 1654, married Mary Brint- 
nall, died 1710; Stephen, 4 born in Rehoboth, 1707, married Deborah Skinner, 
and removed to Bolton; Ezra, 6 born in Bolton, 1749, married Abigail Ells- 
worth, died in 1803; Asahel, 6 Ellsworth, M.D., born July 30, 1770, married 
Anna Beers, died 1821 ; Henry 7 Delevan, M.D. 

Dr. Henry Delevan Paine was the son of a reputable physician. Tie received 
an English and classical education at Delaware Academy, Delhi. At the age of 
sixteen he went to New York, and entered the office of Dr. Amos G. Hull, an 
eminent physician of that day. He was graduated from the College of Physi- 
cians and Surgeons of New York, in 1838. He began the practice of medicine 
in Newburgb, on the Hudson. In 1848 he removed to Albany, and in 1865 to the 
city of New York. During his residence of almost twenty years in Albany he 
acquired a large practice, and became a leader among physicians of the Homoe- 
opathic School. lie was one of the founders of the American Institute of 
Homoeopathy in 1844, and of the State Homoeopathic Medical Society in I860. 
He was a professor for a number of years in the New York Homoeopathic 
Medical College. In 1880 he was appointed by the Regents of tin; University of 
the State of New York a member of the First State Board of Medical Exam- 

He was a frequent contributor to the journals of his school of medicine. 
He visited Europe, with his family, in 1884, and remained abroad two years. 
Dr. Paine gave much time to genealogical studies, lie was concerned in the 

232 Booh Notices. [April, 

publication of the Paine family Register in 1858 and 1859, and of the Paine 
family Records, 1878 to 1882. He was a devout member of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church. "His natural gentleness, and his deeply religious spirit," 
says one who knew him well, "made his last days like a beatitude. Yet the 
brightness of his wit and the genuineness of his humor never left him." 

Dr. Paine was twice married. His first wife was Eliza Hale, danghter of Mr. 
Elisha Hale, of Newburgh. They had two children. His wife died in 1854, 
and in 1858 he married Lucy, daughter of Hon. Albert Gallup, of Albany, by 
whom he had a son, Henry G. Paine, now the managing editor of " Harper's 

By the Rev. E. H. Byington, D.D., of Newton, Mass. 


[The Editor requests persons sending books for notice to state, for the information of 
readers, the price of each book, with the amount to be added for postage when sent by 

A Handbook to the Ancient Courts of Probate and Depositories of Wills. By 
George W. Marshall, LL.D., of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law, and 
Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms. London : Horace Cox, Windsor House, 
Breams Buildings, E. C. 1895. Post 8vo. pp. vi.+75. Price 6s. 8cl. 

This invaluable little handbook, by one of the most conscientious and pains- 
taking of English genealogists, marks an era in the popularization of the study 
of genealogy. The first edition, printed by subscription in 1889, at a guinea, 
was almost immediately exhausted, and the learned author has given us a new 
edition, compact and portable in form, and at a price that places it within reach 
of the most humble worker in the field, and it is a book that no one, interested 
in our trans-Atlantic genealogy, can afford to be without. 

The English Government in 1828 printed a Report on the then condition of the 
Probate Records of the Kingdom, which was followed by others in the two fol- 
lowing years, and in 1832 ; these reports, clumsy in arrangement, difficult to 
obtain, and not giving the slightest clue to the date of the earliest wills, were all 
that the working genealogist had for a guide until Dr. Marshall came to his 

As in all the author's books, his preface is most interesting and instructive 
reading, and it should be attentively scrutinized before making use of the hand- 

If we might venture to offer a friendly criticism on so excellent a work, it 
would be to suggest that in certain cases the information should have been a 
little more detailed. For example : The Honour Court of Knaresborough, now 
at the Principal Registry in London, is given as dating from 1640. As a matter 
of fact, however, although this is the earliest date of wills in this Court at 
Somerset House, the Manor Court Rolls which remain at Knaresborough con- 
tain wills over a century earlier, but which, being entered, until 1640, on the rolls 
of the Manor in the midst of other business, could not be separated from them 
when the others were sent to London in 1858. The writer has abstracts of wills 
from these rolls as early as 1527 and believes that still earlier are to be found 

In the Archdeaconry of Dorset at Blandford the date is given as 1568, and 
it is undoubtedly true that there are a few scattering wills, perhaps twenty in 
all, from that time to the period of the Commonwealth, but, for all practical 
purposes, this Court should be dated from 1660 or 1661, when the first connected 
series of wills begins, being of course too late to be of interest for our early 
New England emigrants. 

The omission of the important Court of Hustings in London, the earliest 
extant register in England, elating from 1258, may also be noted as one of those 
slips that will occur in the most careful of work. But it is invidious to search 

1896.] Booh Notices. 233 

for flaws in a book so conspicuous for their rarity, and the author's well known 
desire for accuracy will pardon the calling of attention to omissions which only 
emphasize the general perfection of the book. 

The working genealogist, English or American, professional or amateur, is 
placed under renewed obligation to Dr. Marshall for this most useful tool of 
his trade which is a worthy companion on his shelf to the Genealogist's Guide so 
familiar and necessary to all. 

By J. Henry Lea, of Fairhaven, Mass. 

Transactions of the Boyal Historical Society. New Series. Vol. IX. London : 
Longmans, Green & Co., and New York. 1895. 8vo. pp. 320. 

All the papers contained in this volume bear marks of careful study and re- 
search and are replete with information concisely and clearly expressed. More 
than this, they furnish food for thought and are likely to lead to further research. 
While it is difficult to select from such a wealth of material, to the writer of 
this notice, the papers read at the Gibbon Centenary Commemoration, that 
entitled "Exploration under Elizabeth," and the translation of the "Journey 
through England and Scotland made by Lupoid von Wedel 1584 and 1585," are 
especially interesting. 

How fascinating is the study of history in all its labyrinthine branches, bring- 
ing us face to face with the study of the complex nature of man; it is one of 
the greatest teaching forces in the world ; it registers (although imperfectly) 
the progress that has been made in the past; it stimulates the imagination; it 
arouses the better part of our nature, it fills us with a new purpose to follow 
where others have gone before. Out of the many rich truths which history 
teaches, may we not say that the greatest of all is the force of example? Some 
of the lesser facts of history, the accumulated data of the years, are of little 
importance, are but the back-ground of the great panorama of human life. But 
the living, moving, energizing moral and spiritual forces in human nature have 
ever been powerful factors in the upward trend of human life in the past as 
they will in the future. It is wonderfully interesting to trace the workings of 
these grand principles on the vast stage of human life. And the careful study 
of the noble results wrought in the past gives unfailing stimulus and momentum 
to action in the present and future. With all the noble advances which have 
been made, the great flood-tides of human progress, the world has not yet 
reached its meridian. But what has been is continual promise of what may be, 
nay what will be, as the golden hours laden with opportunity fly swiftly by. Do 
they not bring with them some faint reflection of the newer, fairer life in the 
New Jerusalem, the city of God? And so the examples of all those who have 
contributed in their measure to make history, the great men, the prophets and 
seers, all who have done something to shape thought or (better still) arouse 
emotion, direct action, to uplift human life, lead up (as far as mere human 
example may) to the spotless and adorable life of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Divine Exemplar of all humanity, the Savior of all who trust in Him. 

By Bev. Daniel Bollins, of Boston, Mass. 

Massachusetts in the Army and Navy During the War of 1861-65. Prepared 
under the authority of the State by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, State 
Military and Naval Historian. Vol. 11. Boston: Wright & Potter Printing 
Co., State Printers, 18 Post Office Square. 1894. 4to. pp. 805. 

The first volume of this work has not been published. The first eleven sec- 
tions of the volume just issued contain, besides a list and military history of 
Massachusetts general officers, lists and records of Massachusetts naval, field, 
line and medical officers, of Massachusetts officers in regular army and staff 
corps, of officers in regiments of other States, of officers in United. States col- 
ored troops, together with lists of Massachusetts officers, soldiers and sailors 
receiving medals of honor, and of brevets given to Massachusetts officers. 

Then follows a section of remarkable import, comprising extracts from the 
Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts for the year ending 
Dec. 31, 18G5, relating to the behavior of the returned soldiers. A circular ad- 
dressed to city and town officers, requesting information as to the conduct of 
the soldiers, some of whom had been released from military service for several 
years, elicited answers which to every American, responding as they do to his 
expectations, will afford the most irrefutable evidence of the moral effect of the 
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234 Booh Notices. [April, 

social and political institutions by which they had been trained and for which 
they fought, since they returned from doing devils' work — which war in every 
respect most certainly is — to do the work of men as before, and, in many cases, 
of men of loftier manhood, of increased self-respect and fitness for citizen- 

The list of those who sent representative recruits records the names of those 
who, themselves exempt from any cause from military duty^, yet accomplished 
by proxy their desire to share in the conflict, forwarding to the field recruits 
procured at their own expense, and thus personally representing them in the 
ranks. The names of 627 men are exemplars of this kind of practical patriotism 
of whose prevalence many, it is probable, are wholly unaware. 

Mrs. Mary A. Livermore, herself one of the most effective assistants in the 
work of the Sanitary Commission — as Col. Higginson with justice reminds us 
in a note appended to her paper — has by the exact, however condensed, narra- 
tion of the services of Massachusetts women in the Civil War, furnished the 
most absorbing portion of the book. To indicate its affecting details would re- 
quire the reprint of the whole article, as her report from beginning to end dis- 
closes a series of benevolent and heroic enterprises, as also of names sacred to 
America — and some of them to the world — in recounting which one can allow 
the omission of not even the least. 

Florence Wyman Jacques' " Bibliographical Index of the Periodical Litera- 
ture bearing on Massachusetts Service During the Civil War," consisting of 
124 pages, is the concluding section of the volume, and one of which the im- 
mediately recognizable utility will be to its author the reward for the labori- 
ous research necessary to its preparation. 

By Frederick W. Parke, of Boston. 

The Pilgrim Fathers of New England and Their Puritan Successors. By Rev. 
John Brown, A.B., D.D., author of "John Bunyan, His Life, Times and 
Work." With Introduction by Rev. A. E. Dunning, D.D., Editor " The Con- 
gregationalism" Fleming H. Rowell Company. New York, Chicago, To- 
ronto. 1896. 8vo. pp. 368. Price $2.50. 

This book by the pastor of the Bunyan meeting in Bedford, England, is one 
of the very best treatises which have ever been issued on this subject. 

The book comes to our table from an American publishing house, and its 
title-page lacks any token of the residence of its author. This is all wrong ; for 
any book's value is notably affected by the point of view. When we are mous- 
ing in English libraries, record offices and vestries, we find overwhelming evi- 
dence that the English people at large cared very little about, the forthcoming of 
those who founded New England. It is peculiarly refreshing to receive from a 
native and resident of England a book which shows such a comprehension of 
that seventeenth century emigration, and honors so highly the Pilgrim motif. 

The first hundred pages sagaciously trace the history of those congregations 
who met for worship in private dwellings, from the thirty Worcester weavers 
who were summoned before the council of Oxford in 1165 to the Wickliff 
preachers in 1382; to the " separated church in the time of Queen Mary, of 
which Mr. Rough was pastor and Cuthbert Symson a deacon;" and so down to 
the well-known band who met at Scrooby manor in 1605. The life of the exiles 
in Holland ; the distinctive teachings of their leaders, and the belief and prac- 
tice of the brethren ; the circumstances of the sailing and the leading events of 
the early years in New Plymouth, Mr. Brown describes with the calm fidelity of 
a historian combined with the glow of one who loves the men he describes, and 
counts that piece of history one of the most significant pages of the annals of 
mankind. He has made admirable use of authorities (Bradford pre-eminently 
for what he describes), and does not distress us by gushing off the track or 
going out of his proper course to vent anger or spleen on any. 

With much good sense he shows how conforming Puritans became separatist 
Puritans, — that is "Pilgrims," — through the harsh measures which " harried 
them out of the kingdoms ;" and the exigencies of a new country, which made 
Congregational "communion of churches" the policy of sanctified common 
sense. Then he traces the Pilgrimizing of Salem and Boston and Connecticut. 
He touches Richard Mather; but overlooks that very significant "church- 
colony," organized in 1629 at Plymouth, Eng., whose pastor and teacher, Ware- 
ham and Maverick, were there installed with a sermon from Rev. John White 

1896.] Book Notices. 235 

of old Dorchester; which came to this bay before Winthrop; did good service 
six years before Mather reached it ; and gave half of its membership and one 
of its ministers for the nucleus of Connecticut Congregationalism. Dr. Brown's 
conclusion is eloquent; we quote one characteristic sentence : " There was in 
these makers of New England a grand, masterful sincerity, a noble courage of 
conviction, an overwhelming sense of the authority of righteousness in human 
life, and an everpresent consciousness of God's personal rule over the world, in 
spite of its confusions." 

By Bev. Charles H. Bope, A.B., of North Cambridge, Mass. 

History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts noiv called The Ancient and 

Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. 1637-1888. By Oliver 

Ayer Roberts, Historian of the Company. Volume I.— 1637-1738. Boston : 

Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 24 Franklin Street. 1895. 4to. pp. viii.-f-500. 

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, "designed in its Original, to be a 
sort of College, to train up and Educate the Sons of this Beople in Military Skill, 
and make them expert and valiant Soldiers,"* was chartered by the General Court 
"the 13th of the First Month, @ 1638," and is the oldest military organization 
in America. It is a direct offspring of the Honourable Artillery Company of 
London — Captain Keayne, its chief founder and its first commander, having 
been long a member of that corporation. 

The parent Company, chartered in 1537, was a century old when the Ancient 
was born. It is the oldest martial organization in Great Britain, and has ren- 
dered its country many distinguished services. 

Since the publication of the second edition of Whitman's History of the An- 
cient and Honorable Artillery Company, several attempts have been made to 
write a more adequate history of this institution. From the material thus col- 
lected, supplemented by years of patient research, the Rev. Oliver Ayer Roberts 
has produced a work which gives great credit to him, and ought to be highly 
pleasing to the members of the Company. A f Committee of Publication, ap- 
pointed in 1886, has had the work in charge, and the historian has had the 
hearty support and cooperation of this committee. They jointly are to be 
congratulated upon the success attending their labors. 

This history will probably be comprised in four volumes. The present vol- 
ume covers the first century of the Company's existence, and is a veritable mine 
of information for the antiquarian and the genealogist. The history of each 
year is complete in itself. An arbitrary system is followed, which gives the 
names' of the officers for the year, historical facts relating to the Company, bio- 
graphical sketches of the recruits, then the records of the Company, followed 
by a short sketch of the preacher for that year. 

When one examines the roll of members whose biographies fill this volume, 
he does not wonder that this Company was " very much honoured by the magis- 
trates of that day," and was " favoured and countenanced by the ministry." 

The frontispiece is a fac-simile of Capt. Keayne's signature. Among the 
many other illustrations are a photograph of the Company's charter and a por- 
trait of the diligent and faithful historian, Rev. Oliver A. Roberts. 

Two things are worthy of a special mention — the volume has an excellent 
index, and references are made under each name to the sources of information. 

One who becomes at all familiar with the history of this institution must feel 
like saying with the Rev. Samuel Stillman, " the continuance of this Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company is as expedient as its original institution. It 
was founded we know in the infancy of the province, when infested by cruel 
Indians, as a school to train up officers for the militia; some of whom have 
played the man for the people and the cities of their God, and though now 
numbered with the dead, they are remembered with affection. The appearances 
of this day convince us, that the spirit with which they were animated is not 
extinct; it lives in a degree in their posterity, who breathe in the same air, and 
have drank deep into the same principles."! 

By Wm. Brescott Greenlaw, of Cambridge, Mass. 

* Rev. Oliver Peabody's Sermon, 1732, page 37. 

t Edward Wyraan, Chairman. Albert Alonzo Folsom. George Henry Allen. William 
Parker Jones. Henry Walker. William Lithgow Willey, Secretary. 
X Rev. Samuel Stillman's Sermon, 1770, page 31. 

236 Booh Notices* [April, 

Archives of the State of New Jersey. First Series. Vol. XI. Documents relat- 
ing to the Colonial History of New Jersey. Edited by William Nelson. Pat- 
erson, N. J. 1894. 8vo. pp. cxxvi. 1-623. Vol. XII. 1895. 8vo. pp. [8], 
cxxvi-cclxviii. 1-729. 

No State in the Union has surpassed New Jersey in the intelligent interest 
and commendable liberality with which she has responded to the labors of the 
State Historical Society to secure a complete collection and publication of the 
documentary history of the State. 

This — the First Series of volumes of the Archives of New Jersey — was begun 
in the year 1880, and now we have the two additional volumes whose general 
title is given above. These volumes are taken up with an extended and care- 
fully prepared " Account of American Newspapers, particularly of the Eight- 
eenth Century," giving the names of the libraries in which they may be found; 
and " Extracts from American Newspapers, relating to New Jersey." 

This " Account of American Newspapers " is by far the most complete and 
authentic record of the newspaper press in America in the eighteenth century 
that has been published, and is invaluable for the general or the local historian. 
One of the most useful features of this record is the lists of files now extant, 
and the libraries where the files, more or less complete, are preserved. The ex- 
tracts from newspapers of all matters of news, including many advertisements, 
letters, &c, illustrative of the history of New Jersey, constitute a rich mine of 

After a careful examination of these volumes, one cannot fail to see how 
vast has been the research and labor expended upon them by the learned and 
indefatigable editor — Mr. William Nelson — who has for many years devoted a 
large part of his leisure from his profession, the law, to the interests of the 
New Jersey Historical Society, and so to the interests and honor of the State. 
It may give the reader some idea of Mr. Nelson's zeal and activity in the field of 
historical research to be told that the list of his separate historical publi- 
cations relating to New Jersey, some of which are quite extended, exceeds 
fifty titles, and all are very useful as historical materials. To this list may 
properly be added Mr. Nelson's admirable memoir of Chief Justice Horn- 
blower, which was published in the fifth volume of New-England Historic 
Genealogical Society's " Memorial Biographies," published in 1894. 

It should be added that the editor's notes to these volumes now under notice 
give them increased value, and that each volume is furnished with a copious 

By Albert H. Hoyt, A.M., of Boston. 

Tlie Salem Book : Becords of the Past amd Glimpses of the Future. Prepared 
for publication by a group of Salem's sons and daughters. Salem, N. Y. 
The Salem Review Press. 1896. 8vo. pp. 250. 

By the people of Salem, N. Y., this production of her enthusiastically filial 
children will be admiringly welcomed, and those to whom the history and the 
attractive features of the town are unfamiliar will receive from this volume the 
varied information expected from specially designated writers, to each of whom 
is entrusted a subject exhibiting some prominent characteristic of the place in 
its past or present. 

The dedication to the " Gray Man " — a spirit, in fact — may be interpreted as 
a consecration of their labors by the Historical Committee to that impalpable 
essence constituted by the ideal aspirations of their townspeople, rather than to 
their embodiment in realizations that always appear crude in comparison with 
the formative purpose beneath them. 

It is these realizations which are the subjects of the several sections, all of 
them topics of lively local interest, and some of them, such as the openiug chap- 
ters on colonizations and genealogies, appealing to more general attention. 
The schools, the press, the literature, the music, the industries, societies, 
noted buildings, old time customs, historic trees, resting places, and even 
ghosts of the picturesque town, all obtain the treatment which a selected pen 

The illustrations by T. A. Wright, New York, are extremely fine. The fron- 
tispiece is a portrait of Gen. John Williams, whose services, both to his coun- 
try and to Salem, are commemorated in a chapter appropriated to "Salem's 
Distinguished Sons." 

By Frederic W. Parke, of Boston. 

1896.] Book Notices. 237 

The Old Houses of the Antient Town of Norwich, 1660—1800. With Maps, 
Illustrations, Portraits and Genealogies. By Mary E. Perkins. Norwich, 
Conn. 1895. Sq. 8vo. pp. xviii. 621. Price $10. 

The perusal of this beautiful volume will excite in every reader the desire 
that as vividly pictorial a touch as that of Miss Perkins might be employed to 
revive the past of his own native place. It is a book in which the romance of 
local history finds like expression in the graphic text and in the strikingly artis- 
tic illustrations and portraits, these being half-tone prints and photogravures 
of exquisite finish. 

It is romance, however, which is really documentary fact presented in an 
unusually attractive form. This volume is one of a proposed series containing 
accounts of the old houses of Norwich, from the settlement of the town until 
1800, the present publication including the buildings on the main roads, from 
the corner of Mill Lane to the Bean Hill road. The work comprises two parts, 
the first, embracing 402 pages and entitled " The Old Houses of Norwich," be- 
ing a compilation of details both of a public and domestic character whose 
variety well exhibits the author's literary tact as also her knowledge of her 
subject. Furniture, modes of heating, dress, entertainments, trades, occupa- 
tions, class distinctions and business enterprises of the early clays are elements 
of a picture enlivened by frequent strokes of humor supplied by journals, let- 
ters and sougs. From each house selected for description is drawn as exhaustive 
and as dramatic a history as even its inmates or their descendants could desire. 

The second part, devoted to genealogies, contains the first three generations 
of the earliest settlers, but after this period space is allotted only to descend- 
ants residing in the section of which this volume treats. This genealogical por- 
tion of the book is a feature imparting to it, as all will acknowledge, a species 
of superiority to other works relating to Norwich. 

By Frederic W. Parke of Boston. 

Vital Becords of Bhode Island, 1636 — 1850. Vol. VIII. Episcopal and Con- 
gregational Churches. Compiled by James N. Arnold, Providence, R. I. : 
Narraganset Historical Publishing Company. 1896. 4to. pp. 48-f-632. Price 

Another volume of Mr. Arnold's " Vital Records of Rhode Island " is on our 
table. It is the eighth volume of the series and the second of the church 
records. It is deserving of the same commendation given by us to the pre- 
vious volumes. The town of Bristol, we notice particularly, has excellent 
records, kept by the Congregational Church, and by St. Michael's Episcopal 
Church. We are pleased to note how carefully Rev. John Bent, Rev. Henry 
Wight and Rev. Thomas Sheparcl kept their records. As Mr. Arnold says in 
his Introduction, if every church or minister had kept as full a record, his book 
would have been very much larger. He is doing a good service in preserving in 
print these records, even though those of some of the churches are scanty. 
As he expresses it : "I am saving all I can find, and am presenting it to the 
public just as I find it." We congratulate Mr. Arnold on the successful publi- 
cation of this new volume. We trust that he will realize, at no distant day, his 
long wish to complete this work on which he has so long labored. %* 

A Supplement to How to Write the History of a Family. A Guide for the Gene- 
alogist. By W. P. W. Phillimore, M. A., B. C. L., Member of Queen's Col- 
lege, Oxford. London: Published by the Author, 124 Chancery Lane. 1896. 
12mo. Price 3s. 6d. Hand -made paper edition, 50 copies only, 6 shillings. 

Mr. Phillimore's former book, " How to Write the History of a Family," was 
published in 1888, and was noticed by us in our April number for that year. 
The first edition was sold within a few months of its publication, and the second 
has been long out of print. It was originally intended to incorporate this new 
matter in the third edition, but it was finally decided to bring it out in a sepa- 
rate volume. It contains new features as well as additional matter on topics 
treated in the former volume. The "Chapter for Beginners" is particularly 
commended to the reader's attention. The chapters on " Scottish and Irish 
Genealogies" are new, and furnish the only handbook to families of those 
nationalities. The chapters on "Surnames," "Antiquarian Societies," the 
"Table of Visitations," "Wills," and "Marriage Licenses," also add to the 

238 Booh Notices. [April, 

value of the book. A chapter on "Foreign Genealogies" is found here, and 
large additions are made to that on " American Genealogy." 

The two works, " How to Write the History of a Family," and the " Supple- 
ment," will be found valuable helps to those who are compiling genealogical 
works, as well as to those of antiquarian tastes. We heartily commend them. 

Cratfield : A Transcript of the Accounts of the Parish, from A.D. 1490 to A.D. 
1642. With Notes. By the late Rev. William Holland, B.A, formerly of 
Lincoln College, Oxford; Rector of Huntingfield-with-Cookley. With a 
brief Memoir of the author by his Widow. Edited with an Introduction by 
John James Raven, D.D., F.S.A., of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Vicar 
of Fressingfield-with-Witherdale ; and Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathe- 
dral. London : Jarrold & Son. Royal 8vo. pp. 194. Published by subscrip- 
tion. Price fifteen shillings net. Sold by the publishers, Messrs. Jarrold & 
Son, 11 Warwick Lane, London, E. C. 

This is the work announced by us, as in preparation, in the Register for 
April, 1895, page 215. The late Rev. William Holland, B. A., rector of Hunt- 
ingfield, Suffolk, left behind him a large collection of transcripts of ancient 
parochial accounts. Of these those of the parish of Cratfield have been se- 
lected for publication. They reach back to the days of Henry VII. They 
have been edited by Mr. Holland's friend and neighbor, Rev. Canon Raven, 
D.D., F.S.A., vicar of Fressingfield, who has performed his work in a highly 
satisfactory manner. Mr. Holland had appended to each year historical notes, 
so that the affairs of this remote village are a microcosm. The stirring events 
of the Tudor period find valuable and interesting illustrations. Many names 
occur of course, of old local families, some now extinct in East Anglia, but not 
unrepresented in New England and among the descendants of New England 
families in the great West. Canon Raven, the editor, says in his Introduction : 
" Few suspect the importance of those documents which are lying entombed in 
the parish chests of England. In too many cases clergy and laity alike have 
sold as waste paper, or committed to the flames, records of the past which can 
never be recovered, regarding them as useless lumber. Such, happily, was not 
the case with these." We trust that other selections from Mr. Holland's man- 
uscripts will be made for publication, and that other parish chests will be 
searched for antiquarian treasures. 

A brief memoir of the Rev. Mr. Holland by his widow, illustrated with a 
portrait, is prefixed to the volume. "Asa small tribute to the memory of her 
dear husband and as the most fitting monument of the work he loved so well, 
she publishes these Archaeological Notes on Cratfield, and she has presented to 
the Ipswich Museum his very valuable collection of Brasses which will be 
known as the Holland Collection." 

The editor in his " Introduction " has given a sketch of the Cratfield parish 
incidents and an account of its parish papers exclusive of the register. Canon 
Raven's annotations greatly increase the interest and value of the work. 

A History of the Town of Industry, Franklin County, Maine, from the Earliest 
Settlement in 1787 down to the Present Time, embracing the Sessions of New 
Sharon, New Vineyard, Anson and Stark. In Two Parts, including the His- 
tory and Genealogy of the Leading Families of the Town. By William Col- 
lins Hatch. Farmington, Maine : Press of Knowlton, McLeary & Co. 
1893. 8vo. pp. 862. , Price $5. Sold by the author, Dr. William C. Hatch, 
New Sharon, Me. 

This volume of nearly nine hundred pages preserves the history of Industry, 
Maine, and the several towns taken from it, from the earliest settlement to the 
present time. The author has evidently bestowed much labor on the book and 
has collected very full particulars relating to Industry, its people, its schools, 
its churches, its military affairs, its mills and manufactures, its merchants, its 
physicians, its lawyers, etc. About half of the book is devoted to family history. 
A full record of the genealogy of the leading families in the town will be found 
here. The book is illustrated with numerous portraits. John F. Pratt, M.D., 
of Chelsea, Mass., who is familiar with the history of Maine, and who is a good 
judge of what a town history should be, writes to the author: " In my opin- 
ion the book does you great credit ; its typographical appearance is excellent, 
the arrangement of your material is exceedingly commendable 5 in fact I proph- 

1896.] Book Notices. 239 

esy that you will find the critics in such matters will compliment your work 
highly." Those interested should order the work early as the edition is nearly 

The Public Becords of the State of Connecticut, from May, 1775, to April, 1780, 
inclusive. With the Journal of the Council of Safety, from May 18, 1778, to 
April 23, 1780, an and Appendix. Published in accordance with a Resolu- 
tion of the General Assembly, by Charles J. Hoadly, LL.D., State Libra- 
rian. Hartford : Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company. 1895. 
Royal 8vo. pp. 607. 

This is the second volume of the records of the State of Connecticut that 
has been printed. The records of the Colony have all been printed. They 
make fifteen volumes, besides two volumes of the records of the New Haven 
colony. There are nineteen volumes of records published in accordance with a 
resolution of the General Assembly of Connecticut, — that is, 15 Connecticut 
colony, 2 New Haven colony, and 2 Connecticut state. All of these except the 
first two volumes of Connecticut colony have been edited by the present editor, 
Dr. Hoadly. The other two were edited by Dr. J. Hammond Trumbull. 

The volume before us is got up in the same excellent manner as the previous 
volumes, which have been noticed in the Register, and the editorial work shows 
the same learning, care and accuracy. The people of Connecticut may well be 
proud of her printed records, and the moderate cost that the State has been put 
to is certainly remarkable. 

Dunster Papers. By John T. Hassam. Cambridge : John Wilson & Son, 
University Press. 1895. 8vo. pp. 10. 

The pamphlet before us is a paper read before the Massachusetts Historical 
Society in October last, and reprinted from the proceedings of that society. 
Mr. Hassam has lately discovered in the possession of a descendant of Rev. 
Henry Dunster, first president of Harvard College, two manuscripts that for- 
merly belonged to Mr. Dunster. The first manuscript is a fragment of a letter 
written, probably to Dunster, from London, by Joseph Davyes, May 20, 1641, 
just before the outbreak of the Civil War. The second paper is a funeral ser- 
mon in manuscript, preached at Exton, March 31, 1614, at the funeral of John, 
Lord Harrington, Baron of Exton, by Richard Stocke, pastor of Allhallows, in 
Bread Street, London. These manuscripts are here printed, with Mr. Hassam's 
annotations. They furnish facts that will interest the students of Puritan 

The Old Trunk, or Sketches of Colonial Days. By Powhatan Bouldin. Second 
Edition. Danville, Va. : Blair & Boatwright, Printers. 1896. 8vo. pp. 79. 
Price 50 cents, including postage. Address the editor and publisher, Pow- 
hatan Bouldin, Danville, Virginia. 

We are glacl to welcome these interesting sketches of colonial life in Virginia 
from the able pen of Mr. Bouldin, whose " Home Reminiscences of John Ran- 
dolph of Roanoke" we had the pleasure of reading in 1878, and which we no- 
ticed in the October number of that year. We commend the book to our read- 
ers, and particularly to the members of the societies of Colonial Wars and 
Colonial Dames. 

A Beport of the Becord Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing the Bos- 
ton Town Becords, 1778 to 1783. Boston : Rockwell & Churchill, City Prin- 
ters. 1895. 8vo. pp. 354. 

An Alphabetical Abstract of the Becord of Marriages in the Town of Dedham, 
Massachusetts, 1844-1890. Compiled by Don Gleason Hill, Town Clerk, 
Dedham, Mass. : Office of the Dedham Transcript. 1890. 8vo. pp. 165. 

The first of the two books before us is the twenty-sixth volume issued by the 
Record Commission of Boston, to which series of volumes our readers have 
frequently had their attention called. The present book contains the proceed- 
ings of the town from 1778 to 1783. This completes a full record of the doings 
of the town to 1783. The previous issue (vol. 25) brought the selectmen's 
minutes down to 1786. 

240 Book Notices. [April, 

The next work is the seventh volume of the Dedham records, published by 
the town, under the editorship of the town clerk, Don Gleason Hill, Esq. The 
volume contains a record of the marriages in that town from 1844 to 1890, " ar- 
ranged under the names of the grooms with an index of the names of brides." 

The two books are valuable additions to our printed geuealogical matter. 

The Hassam Family. By John T. Hassam, A.M. Privately printed. Boston. 
1896. 8vo. pp. 11. 

The Hilton Family. By John T. Hassam, A.M. Privately printed. 1896. 8vo. 
pp. 24. 

The Cheever Family. By John T. Hassam, A.M. Privately printed. 1896. 
8vo. pp. 54. 

We give above the titles of three genealogies by Mr. Hassam of Boston. 
They are compiled with his usual care and accuracy. 

The first pamphlet on the Hassam family is a genealogical account of the de- 
scendants of William Hassam, or Horsham, as the name was originally written. 
He came from England and settled in Manchester, Mass. It is illustrated with 
six fac-simile autographs. 

The next pamphlet, on the Hilton Family, contains an account of the de- 
scendants of William Hilton, who came from London to Plymouth in New 
England, in the Fortune, 1621, and afterwards became a prominent citizen of 
Dover, N. H. The work is illustrated with seven fac-simile autographs and a 
heliotype copy of a letter written by Hilton to Gov. John Winthrop, July 14, 
1637, never before reproduced. 

The last of these genealogies coutains a record of some of the descendants 
of Ezekiel Cheever. It is illustrated by four fac-simile autographs and one 
heliotype. Appendix A is devoted to a consideration of the question of the 
authorship of the manuscript volume of Latin poems now in the library of the 
Boston Athenaeum, and the manuscript volume of Latin prose in the library of 
the Massachusetts Historical Society. Ezekiel Cheever, the famous master of 
the Boston Latin School, has hitherto been considered the author of these man- 
uscripts, but this paper points out the real authors of many of these poems, 
several of which prove to be classics, and shows how slight is the possibility 
that Ezekiel Cheever could have written any of the few, the authorship of 
which is as yet unascertained. Neither of these manuscripts prove to be in his 

Appendix B contains two letters in Latin, never before published, by Ezekiel 
Cheever to his son, the Rev. Samuel Cheever, a graduate of Harvard College in 
the class of 1659. They are very interesting and relate to the steps taken to 
secure a wife for the latter, and the journey undertaken by the father from 
Boston to Cambridge to negotiate the marriage. It is satisf actory to learn that 
these efforts were crowned with success. There is a heliotype copy of one of 
the letters. Appendix C contains the Latin poems before referred to. 

1637 — 1887. The Munson Becord ; a Genealogical and Biographical Account 
of Capt. Thomas Munson, a Fioneer of Hartford and New Haven, and his 
Descendants. By Myron A. Munson. 2 vols. New Haven, Conn., U. S. A. 
Printed for the Munson Association. 1895. Royal 8vo. pp. 1235, in both 

Boardman Genealogy. 1525 — 1895. The English Home and Ancestry of Samuel 
Boreman, Wethersfield, Conn. Thomas Boreman, Ipswich, Mass. With an 
Account of their Descendants (now called Boardman) in America. Complied 
by Charlotte Goldthwaite. Published by William F. J. Boardman. Hart- 
ford, Conn. 1895. 8vo. pp. 778. Price $10.00 a copy. 

Genealogy of the Graves Family in America. Three volumes. Vol. I. Sketch 
of the Family in England. Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Graves of Hat- 
field, Mass. By John Card Graves, M.A. Published at Buffalo, N. Y., by 
Baker, Jones & Co. 1896. 8vo. pp. xxv.+521. Price for the three volumes 
$12.00. Each volume separately $5.00. 

John Mallett, the Huguenot, and his Descendants. 1694 — 1894, Compiled by 
AnnaS. Mallett. Harrisburg, Pa. : Harrisburg Publishing Company. 1895. 
Royal 8vo. pp. xx.-f-342. Price $5.00. Address the compiler, Miss A. S. 
Mallett, 1454 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, D. C. 

1896.] Booh Notices. 241 

Thomas Halseij of Hertfordshire, England, and Southampton, Long Island. 
1591—1679. With his American Descendants to the .Eighth Generations. By 
Jacob Lafayette Halsey and Edmund Drake Halsey. With an Introduc- 
tion by Francis Whiting Halsey. Morristown, N. J. 1895. 8vo. pp. 550. 

The Tenney Family, or the Descendants of Thomas Tenney of Bowley, Mass. 1638 
— 1890. By M. J. Tenney. Boston, Mass. : American Printing and Engrav- 
ing Company. 1891. 8vo. pp. 369. Price $3.00, or by mail $3.18. Address 
the compiler, Miss Mary J. Tenney, P. O. Box 123, Haverhill, Mass. 

Davies Memoir ; a Genealogical and Biographical Monograph on the Family and 
Descendants of John Davies of Litchfield, Connecticut. By Henry Eugene 
Davies. Privately Printed. 1895. 4to. pp. 138. 

The Story of My Ancestors in America. By Rev. Edwin Sawyer Walker, A.M. 
Chicago : David Oliphant, Printer. 1895. 8vo. pp. 72. 300 copies printed. 

A Memorial Sketch of Boland Greene Usher. 1823 — 1893. By Edward 
Preston Usher. To which is added a Genealogy of the Usher Family in 
New England from 1638 to 1895. Privately Printed for the Family. 1895. 
8vo. pp. 160. 

The Severans Genealogical History. Compiled by Rev. John F. Severance, of 
Chicago, 111. Chicago: R. R. Donnelly & Sons Company. 1893. 8vo. 
pp. xix.-|-78. 

The Seaverns Genealogical History. Compiled by Rev. John F, Severance, 
of Chicago, 111. Huntington, Ind. Printed for the Author. 1893. 8vo. pp.58. 

Lewisiana or the Lewis Letter. A Monthly Inter-Family Paper. Elliott, Conn. : 
Carll A. Lewis. From Vol. IV., No. 1, July, 1893, to Vol. VI., No. 9, 
March, 1896. Price $1 a year. 

The Elmwood Batons. By Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, B. A. Priv- 
ately Printed. 1895. Royal 4to. pp. 29 

*y\ The Thomas Spencer Family of Hartford, Connecticut, in the Line of Samuel 
Spencer of Cromwell, Connecticut. 1 744 — 1818. Compiled by Frank Farns- 
worth Starr for James J. Goodwin. Hartford, Conn. 1896. 8vo. pp. 44. 

*\ >e s'The Goodwins of East Anglia. 8vo.pp.30. 1895. TheLippincotts. 8vo. pp. 3. 
y ^ 1895. 

One Branch of the Descendants of Gov. William Bradford. New York. Printed 
at the DeVinne Press. 1895. 12mo. pp. 29. 

The Clevedon Family. By the late Sir John Maclean, F.S.A. Edited by Rev. 
F. W. Weaver, M.A. 1895. 8vo. pp. 37. 

Porter Family Becord: A Few Twigs from a Branch of the Porter Family. By 
Cyrus Kinne Porter. Buffalo, N. Y. 4to. pp. 14. 

Contribution to the Trumbull Genealogy, from Gleanings in English Fields. By 
J. Henry Lea. Boston: David Clapp & Son. 1895. 8vo. pp. 27. Price 
$1. Address W. P. Greenlaw, 18 Somerset Street, Boston. 

Barnstable Gorhams. The Old House in which they lived, and their Services in 
the Colonial Wars. By Frank William Sprague, Esq. Boston : Printed 
for private distribution. 1896. 8vo. pp. 7. 

A Brief Sketch of the Hutchinson Family of New Hampshire. Compiled by 
Frank Allen Hutchinson. Lowell, Mass. : Courier-Citizen Co., Printers. 
1896. 8vo. pp. 23. 

The Descendants of James Skiff of London, England, and Sandwich, Mass., who 
died April, 1688. By Frederick Lockwood Preston of Ellsworth, Conn., 
a descendant. Albany, N. Y. : Walsh & Griffin, Printers. 1895. 8vo. pp. 24. 

Genealogy and History of the Newbury Adams Family, formerly of Devonshire, 

England, being the descendant of Bobert Adams and wife Eleanor. By I. 

Smith Adams. Calais, Maine. : Printed at the Calais Advertiser oflice. 

1895. 8vo. pp. 64. 
Our Folks. Second Preliminary Draft. 1895. 8vo. pp. 39. Address, George 

M. Blake, Attorney-at-Law, Rockford, 111. 

The Morse Becord: A History of the Morse Family in Annual Meeting, Decem- 
ber 4, 1895, and a Souvenir of the Dinner at the Windsor Hotel, New York 
City, on the same evening. 8vo. pp. 41. 

242 Booh Notices. [April, 

Souvenir Programme of the Semi- Centennial Meeting of the Reed Family in the 
Reed Locust Grove, Wednesday, August 28, 1895, Taunton, Mass. 

The De Lotbinieres : a Bit of Canadian Romance and History. By I. J. 
Greenwood. 8vo. pp. 8. 

We continue in this number our quarterly notices of books relating to the 
genealogy which have been recently presented to the Society. 

The first work on our list is the Munson Record, in two noble volumes, of 
more than six hundred pages each. The author, Rev. Myron A. Munson, of 
New Haven, Connecticut, deserves great praise for the admirable manner in 
which he has performed his work. A plan was adopted in publishing this 
work which is worthy of consideration in other families. Twenty-seven persons 
whose names are printed in the volume, became responsible to the extent 
of one hundred dollars each for the expense of publishing this work should 
the subscription be inadequate. The Richardson book published several years 
ago was issued on a plan somewhat resembling this. Several men of means 
of the Richardson name or blood, assumed the charge of obtaining the sub- 
scribers and paying the bills for printing and binding, so that the author, 
Rev. John A. Vinton, could give his time entirely to his genealogical labors, 
for which he received I think a certain number of copies of the work. "We do 
not know whether there was a deficiency. But if there was, they probably 
shared the loss and divided the copies among themselves. The friends who guar- 
anteed Rev. Mr. Munson from loss on the book before us have the satisfaction 
of aiding in a praiseworthy undertaking. The book is carefully compiled. 
Everything illustrating the history of the family or the individual members — 
portraits, fac-similes of documents and records, charts, maps, gravestones and 
autographs, have been gathered and preserved here. The book is handsomely 
printed, and the illustrations are numerous and of a high order of merit. The 
indexes are full. We would recommend it as a model for works of the kind. 

The Boardman book of nearly eight hundred pages is another book to which we 
can give our hearty approval. By the fortunate fact that a sister of one of the 
Boreman emigrants wrote a letter to him from England which has been pre- 
served and is reproduced in fac-simile here, the locality from which he came 
has been discovered, and the compiler of this book, Miss Charlotte Goldthwaite, 
who with her sister visited England a few years ago, made important genea- 
logical discoveries in the home of the Boremans which she has preserved in this 
book. Some of the most interesting illustrations in the book are some English 
views. Miss Goldthwaite deserves high praise for the careful and thorough man- 
ner in which she has traced the numerous and scattered members of the Board- 
man family, and has preserved the individual records of the" members. Mr. 
Boardman, of Hartford, the publisher of the book, in his circular " To the Sub- 
scribers," says : "In the preparation and publication of this work it was expected 
that the financial returns would not meet the outlay involved. About three 
hundred pages and many illustrations have been added. This expense, how- 
ever, has been cheerfully assumed by the publisher, in the desire to present to 
the members of the Boardman Family scattered abroad a genealogy which would 
do honor to their worthy ancestors and receive the approval of their descend- 

The Graves genealogy, the next work on our list, is an undertaking of con- 
siderable magnitude. It is intended to give in three volumes, of which the 
first is before us, a record of the descendants of six emigrants to America, 
namely, Thomas, who settled in Hartford, Ct., in 1645, and subsequently in 
Hatfield, Mass. ; Thomas, who settled in Virginia in 1G08 ; Samuel, who settled 
at Lynn, Mass., in 1630; John, who settled at Concord about 1644; Dea. John, 
who settled at Hartford about 1639 ; and Rear Admiral Thomas Graves, who 
settled at Charlestown, Mass., about 1637. Of these six great families the 
genealogy of only one has been completed, and that is now before us. The 
other five families are nearing completion. It is hoped that the issuing of this 
volume, devoted to the descendants of Thomas of Hatfield, will incite the mem- 
bers of the other families to furnish facts that will enable the editor to complete 
the entire work as soon as possible. Twenty years have already been spent on 
the work. If the editor does as satisfactory work on the succeeding volumes 
as he has done on this, the completed work will be a monument to his memory 
in coming years. 

The next book, that on the Mallet family, is devoted to the descendants of 

1896.] Booh Notices. 243 

John Mallett, a Huguenot who, after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 
came to America and settled in Connecticut. It is a handsome volume of over 
three hundred and fifty pages, printed on fine paper. It shows unwearied re- 
search in tracing the ancestry and kindred of the emigrant. After the Intro- 
duction and other historical matter a " Geneological Record," in tabulated 
form, is given, showing the name of each individual, date of birth, date of mar- 
riage, residence, date of death and place of burial. This record fills about 
three quarters of the volume. These tables give in compact form the records 
of the several individuals. An Appendix and a thorough index are given. This 
family history covers a period of two hundred years, and the descendants of 
John Mallett, the Huguenot, owe a debt of gratitude to Miss Millett, the author. 

The Halsey family contains a record of the descendants, of Thomas Halsey, 
one of the founders of the town of Southampton, Long Island, who lived 
till after 1677. He was an Englishman, the main features of whose life 
are well known. The authors of this book have 'done their work in a 
very thorough manner. Mr. Jacob L. Halsey began the work and pursued it 
systematically for about ten years. He entered on an extensive correspondence. 
He and those assisting him obtained about 2300 names. "In the autumn of 
1893, finding his business engagements would interfere with his plans for early 
publication, he prevailed upon Mr. Edmund D. Halsey of Rockaway, N. J., who 
had already been interested in the work for many years, and had collected a 
large mass of material, to undertake the final revision of the entire work and 
to see it safely through the press." Mr. Francis W. Halsey has furnished an 
Introduction, giving a history of the Halsey s in England, and other interesting 
matters. The book is handsomely printed, with a good index. The illustra- 
tions are numerous, consisting of portraits, views of buildings, autographs, etc. 

The Tenney genealogy is another well-compiled and handsomely printed book. 
Miss Tenney, the compiler, deserves much credit for the manner in which she 
has performed the labor on this volume, which is devoted to the descendants of 
Thomas Tenney, a member of the company of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, who came 
from Yorkshire in 1638, and settled the town of Rowley the following spring. 
The descendants are quite numerous and scattered throughout the United 
States. Their record in this volume is full and precise, the portraits are nu- 
merous and fine, and the index is thorough and satisfactory. 

The Davies Memoir is a fine specimen of what a family history can be made 
by the aid of typography. It is on heavy laid paper, each page being rubri- 
cated. The book is carefully compiled and gives the descendants of John 
Davies, who came to America in 1735, and settled at Litchfield, Connecticut, 
where he died, and where for nearly a century some of his descendants con- 
tinued to reside. He had previously resided in the town of Kington, Hereford- 
shire, England. The biographical sketches in the book are well written and 
interesting, and the genealogical records are full and precise. 

The Story of My Ancestors in America is devoted to the ancestry of the 
author, the Rev. Edwin Sawyer Walker. He gives brief genealogies of the 
families of Walker, Sawyer, Gile and Gilkey, from which he is descended. An 
Introduction, a Bibliography and an Index add to the value. The book is hand- 
somely printed. 

The Usher book contains a memoir of Hon. Roland G. Usher by his son, to 
which is appended a Genealogy of the Usher Family, of about 80 pages, or one 
half of the volume. Mr. Usher was a resident of Lynn, Mass., and held many 
prominent offices under the state and general government. The book is a valu- 
able addition to American biography and family history. 

The two books by Rev. Mr. Severance of Chicago are bound together. They 
both are devoted to the descendants of John Severans, an early settler of Salis- 
bury, Mass., some of whom now spell their surname Severance, while others 
spell it Seaverns. The compiler has been more than a quarter of a century col- 
lecting materials, and has produced a very satisfactory book. 

Lewisiana is a monthly periodical devoted to the preservation of the geneal- 
ogy of the Lewis family. It is edited and published by Carll A. Lewis of 
Elliott, Conn. This is a good form for collecting and preserving the history 
of a family, and is deserving of the patronage of those of the name or blood. 

The Elmwood Eatons is a very able compilation concerning the descendant! 
of William Eaton of Elmwood at Kentville in the county of Kings, Nova Scotia. 
Mr. Eaton was " for nearly fifty years a respected member of the community 
where he held many public positions, both local and provincial." Not only his 

244 Book Notices. [April, 

descendants are recorded but genealogical records of some families with which 
they are connected are given, as Hamilton, Starr, De Wolf, Bliss, Layton and 
Thorn. Rev. Mr. Eaton of New York, the compiler, is well known as an 
author. The book is brought out in fine style. 

Mr. Starr's book on the Spencer family, written for Mr. Goodwin of Hartford, 
Ct., throws new light on some of the early settlers of that name in New Eng- 
land. He shows that Michael, Gerrard, William and Thomas Spencer, who are 
found early at Cambridge, Massachusetts, were brothers, and he produces much 
documentary evidence about their relatives in England. He acknowledges in- 
debtedness to Mr. Waters's Gleanings in the Register, vol. 46, page 435, and 
vol. 45, page 231, where the wills of Francis Spencer and his wife Margaret and 
Richard Spencer, all of London, relatives of the above Cambridge immigrants, 
are found. Thomas Spencer removed from Cambridge to Hartford about 1639, 
and it is to his descendants through his great-great-grandson, Samuel of Crom- 
well, Ct., that the main portion of this book is devoted. The book is illus- 
trated by a folding tabular pedigree. 

The work entitled the Goodwins of East Anglia, is by Henry Barber, M.D., 
author of British Family Names. It is " designed to supply information some- 
what anterior to what has been already published in the large and excellent 
work on the Goodwin family," noticed by us in April, 1891. 

The Lippincott pamphlet is in the form of a letter from Dr. Barber, the 
author of the preceding work, to James J. Goodwin, Esq., of Hartford, relat- 
ing to the Lippincotts of England and America, edited by Mr. Goodwin, and 
noticed in the Register for April, 1893. It supplies some interesting facts rel- 
ative to the name. 

The neat little book on Gov. Bradford's descendants gives what the title shows 
one line of his posterity. That line is through his sou William, deputy governor 
of Plymouth. The record is clear and precise. 

The Clevedon family, by the late Sir John Maclean, F. S. A., " one who did 
much for archaeology," is a work of much merit and its value is increased by 
the labors of the editor, Rev. Mr. Weaver, of Milton-Clevedon. It is reprinted 
from the Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History 
Society. The family is traced to the time of William the Conqueror. A tabular 
pedigree for thirteen generations is given. 

The Porter book contains a record of some of the descendants of Robert 
Porter, one of the early settlers of Farmington, Connecticut. The line is well 
traced, and the book is handsomely printed. 

The Trumbull book gives much information about the Trumbulls in England 
from whom the New England family evidently sprung, as our readers who have 
perused the successive numbers as they appeared in the Register, can testify. 
The book is very creditable to Mr. Lea's research. 

The Barnstable Gorhams is a reprint of an article which appeared in the Janu- 
ary Register, with some additional matter and illustrations. The Barnstable 
people and particularly the descendants of the Gorhams will be pleased to 
possess it in a separate form. 

The Hutchinson book is an interesting record of the Hutchinson Family of 
New Hampshire, descended from Timothy Hutchinson, found at Hampton Falls 
as early as 1710. 

The Skiff book is a brief account of the decendants of James Skiff, who came 
to this country as early as 1637 and settled .at Lynn, and thence removed to 
Sandwich, Mass., where he died. 

The Adams book is devoted to the descendants of Robert Adams of Newbury, 
Mass., of which family a brief genealogy by the late Joshua Coffin was printed 
in the Register for January, 1857. The present work is much fuller than 
Mr. Coffin's article. 

The pamphlet entitled " Our Folks," relates to the descendants of John Blake, 
of Middletown, Conn., who came to this country, probably with his parents, 
about 1660. It is sent out to obtain help on a larger work on which the author, 
George M. Blake, of Rockport, 111., is engaged. 

The Morse Record contains the proceedings of the Morse Society at its annual 
meeting Dec. 4, 1893, in New York city. The Morse Society, of which Jerome 
E. Morse, of New York city, is president, is formed for revising and publishing 
the late Rev. Abner Morse's " Memorial of the Morses." The new work is to 
be published in quarterly parts. 

1896.] Recent Publications, 245 

The proceedings at its half century meeting of the Reed Family, as printed in 
the pamphlet before us, are quite interesting. The association, we think, has 
held annual meetings at Taunton, Mass., during the fifty years of its existence. 

The pamphlet of the De Lotbinieres is a reprint of one of Mr. Greenwood's 
contributions to the Register for January, and our readers know its value. 


Presented to the Nbw-England Historic Genealogical Society from December 

1, 1895, to March 1, 1896. 

Prepared by the Assistant Librarian. 

I. Publications written or edited by Members of the Society. 

Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Edited 
by William Nelson. Paterson, N. J. Volume XL 1894. 8vo. pp. cxxvi.-f-623. 
Volume XII. 1895. 8vo. pp. cclxviii.+729. 

An Alphabetical Abstract of the Record of Marriages in the Town of Dedham, 
Mass. 1844-1890. Compiled by Don Gleason Hill. Dedham. 1896. 8vo. pp. 

The Cabells and their Kin. A Memorial Volume of History, Biography and Ge- 
nealogy. By Alexander Brown, D.C.L. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. xvii.-f-641. 

A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing the 
Boston Town Records, 1778 to 1783. Boston: Rockwell & Churchill, City Printers. 
1895. 8vo. pp. 354. 

Manual of the Union Congregational Church, East Bridgewater, Mass. June. 
1894. [By James Sidney Allen.] Win. L. Puffer, Printer, Brockton. 16mo. pp. 
51. [Price 50 cents.] 

Official Report of the Tenth Annual Meeting of the New England Association of 
Colleges and Preparatory Schools, held at Providence, R. I., Oct. 11 and 12, 1895. 
Hamilton, N. Y. 1895. 8vo. pp. 91. 

Meadville Theological School Catalogue. 1894-1895. Meadville, Pa. 1895. 12mo. 
pp. 26. 

The Capture of Louisbourg. By Rev. George Leon Walker, D.D. Address de- 
livered May 1, 1895. 8vo. pp. 16. 

Bulletin of the Harvard Medical School Association. Boston. 1892. 8vo. pp. 70. 

Bibliography of the Historical Publications issued by the New England States. 
By Appleton Prentiss Clark Griffin. Reprinted from the Publications of the Colo- 
nial Society of Massachusetts. Volume III. Cambridge. 1895. 8vo. pp. 47. 

Dunster Papers. By John T. Hassam, A.M. Reprinted from the Proceedings of 
the Massachusetts Historical Society for October, 1895. Cambridge. 1895. 8vo. 
pp. 10. 

The Indians of New Jersey : Their Origin and Development ; Manners and Cus- 
toms ; Language, Religion and Government. By William Nelson. Paterson, N. J. 
1894. 8vo. pp. 168. 

Records of the Township of Paterson, New Jersey, 1831 — 1851 : With the Laws 
relating to the Township ; Extracts from Contemporary Newspapers, and Notes. 
Compiled and edited by William Nelson. Paterson, N. J. 1895. 8vo. pp. 233. 

The Fate of the Bath Monks. By F. W. Weaver. Reprinted from the Downside 
Review. 12mo. pp. 5. 

Contributions to a Trumbull Genealogy, from Gleanings in English Fields. By J. 
Henry Lea. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 27. 

The Clevedon Family. By the late Sir John Maclean, F.S.A. Edited by Rev. F. 
W. Weaver, M.A. [Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological 
and Natural History Society. Vol. XLI. 1895.] 12mo. pp. 37. 

The American and English Sambornes, with a notice of Rev. Stephen Bachiler. 
By Victor Channing Sanborn. [Reprinted from the Granite Monthly.] 8vo. pp. 25. 

Biographical Sketch of David Pulsifer, A.M. By John Ward Dean. [Reprinted 
from the, Necrology of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, in the Regis- 
ter for January, 1896.] 8vo. pp. 2. 

246 Recent Publications. [April, 

Howland Holmes, M.D. [Reprinted from the New-England Historical and Gene- 
alogical Register for January, 1896.] 8vo. pp. 1. 

Eighth Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, 
Towns and Counties. By Robert T. Swan, Commissioner. Boston. 1896. 8vo. 
pp. 42. 

The De Lotbinieres. A bit of Canadian Romance and History. By I. J. Green- 
wood. 8vo. pp. 8. 

Barnstable Gorhams. The old house in which they lived, and their services in the 
Colonial Wars. By Frank William Sprague, Esq. Boston. 1896. 8vo. pp. 7. 

Remarks on the names of Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts, and of Mason Har- 
bor and Dunstable Harbor, New Hampshire. By Dr. Samuel A. Green. 8vo. pp. 3. 

The Thomas Spencer Family of Hartford, Connecticut, in the line of Samuel Spen- 
cer of Cromwell, Connecticut, 1744-1818. Compiled by Frank Farnsworth Starr 
for James J. Goodwin. Hartford, Conn. 1896. 8vo. pp. 44. 

Grave Stone Records. From the ancient cemeteries in the town of Claremont, 
New Hampshire. With historical and biographical notes. Compiled by Charles B. 
SpofFord. Claremont. 1896. 8vo. pp. 86. 

The Story of Mv Ancestors in America. By Rev. Edwin Sawyer Walker, A.M. 
Chicago. 1895. 8vo. pp. 72. 

II. Other Publications. 

Searches into the History of the Gillman or Gilman Family, including the various 
Branches in England, Ireland, America and Belgium. By Alexander W. Gillman. 
Illustrated with Engravings of Coats of Arms, Portraits, Copies of Ancient Pedigrees, 
Monuments, Inscriptions, &c, &c. London. Elliot Stock. 1895. 2 vols. Crown 
4to. pp. xxii.-{-334 in the two volumes. 

[We hoped to be able to print in this number of the Register a notice of this 
work by a gentleman familiar with the history of the Gilmans in Europe and America. 
The notice will however have to be deferred to the next number.] 

State of New Hampshire. Town Charters granted within the present limits of 
New Hampshire. By Albert Stillman Batchellor, Editor of State Papers. Vol. 
XXV. Concord, N. H. 1895. 8vo. pp. xi.+835. 

The New England Indians: A Bibliographical Survey, 1630-1700. By Justin 
Winsor. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 
November, 1895. Cambridge. 1895. 8vo. pp. 35. 

The New Hampshire Grants, being Transcripts of the Charters of Townships and 
minor grants of land made by the Provincial Government of New Hampshire, v'hin 
the present boundaries of the State of Vermont, from 1749 to 1764. By Albert Still- 
man Batchellor, Editor of State Papers. Volume XXVI. Concord,* N. H. 1895. 
8vo. pp. xvi.-f 792. 

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Sixth Series. Vol. VlH. 
Boston. 1896. 8vo. pp. xix.+580. 

Historical Collections. Collections and Researches made by the Michigan Pioneer 
and Historical Society. Lansing. 1895. Vol. XXIH. 8vo. pp. 718. Vol. XXIV. 
8vo. pp. 706. 

Proceedings in Masonry. St. John's Grand Lodge, 1733-1792. Massachusetts 
Grand Lodge, 1769-1792. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. X.+521. 

Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-65. Prepared un- 
der the authority of the State by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, State Military and 
Naval Historian. Vol.11. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 805. 

Bulletin of the Bureau of Rolls and Library of the Department of State. No. 3. 
January. 1894. Washington. 1894. 8vo. pp. 382. 

Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The Composition of Expired Air and 
Its Effects upon Animal Life. By J. S. Billings, M.D., S. Weir Mitchell, M.D., and 
D. H. Bergey, M.D. Washington. 1895. Fo. pp. 80. 

Catalogue of Alumni and Past Cadets of Norwich University. May, 1895. North- 
field, Vt. 8vo. pp. 39. 

Chicago Historical Society. Report of Annual Meeting, Nov. 19, 1895. 12mo. pp.5. 

Index of Archaeological Papers, published in 1894 [being the fourth issue of the 
series and completing the index for the period 1891-94]. 1895. 8vo. pp. 51. 

Report of the Sub-Committee on a Photographic Survey of England and Wales. 
1895. 8vo. pp. 6. 

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebration, New England Society of Orange, 1870- 
1895. Orange, N. J. 1895. 8vo. pp. 49. 


Recent Publications. 247 

Annual Reports of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio for 1895. 
Cincinnati. 1895. 8vo. pp. 18. 

Smithsonian Institution. Bulletin of the United States National Museum. No. 
48. By John B. Smith, Sc. D. Washington. 1895. 8vo. pp. 129. 

Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania. 1895-6. Philadelphia. 1895. 
12mo. pp. 428. 

Catalogue of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. Burling- 
ton, Vt., 1895-96. Burlington. 1895. 12mo. pp. 124. 

Annual Reports of the President and Treasurer of Harvard College, 1894-95. Cam- 
bridge. 1896. 8vo. pp. 278-J-72. 

Catalogue of Tufts College, 1895-96. Boston. 1895. 12mo. pp. 189. 

Catalogue of Amherst College for the year 1895-96. Amherst. 1895. 8vo. pp. 72. 

Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Brown University, 1895-96. Providence, 
R. I. 1895. 12mo. pp. 250. 

The Harvard University Catalogue, 1895-96. Cambridge. 1895. 12mo. pp. 656. 

Catalogue of Yale University, CXCVI. year, 1895-96. New Haven. 1895. 12mo. 
pp. 426. 

Catalogue of the Centre College of Kentucky, 1894-1895. Danville, Ky. 1895. 
8vo. pp. 52. 

Thirty-first Report of the Trustees of the Boston City Hospital; with reports of 
the Superintendent, for the year, February 1, 1894, to January 31, 1895, inclusive. 
Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 162. 

Sixty-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Perkins Institution and Mas- 
sachusetts School for the Blind, lor the year ending August 31, 1895. Boston. 1896. 
8vo. pp. 275. 

Ninth Annual Report of the Kindergarten for the Blind. August 31, 1895. Bos- 
ton. 1896. 8vo. pp. 153. 

Thirtieth Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the Winchester Home Cor- 
poration for Aged Women. January, 1896. Boston. 1896. 8vo. pp. 30. 

Twenty- seventh Annual Report of the Children's Hospital, from December, 1894, 
to December 28, 1895. Boston. 1896. 8vo. pp. 49. 

Reports of the Town Officers of the Town of Lexington for the year 1895. Bos- 
ton. 1896. 8vo. pp. 208. 

260th Report of the Payments of the Town of Dedham for the year ending Janu- 
ary 31, 1896, * * * and Abstract of Marriages, 1844-1890. Dedham. 1896. 
8vo. pp. 165. 

List of Taxable Polls and Estates in the Town of Dedham, 1895. Dedham. 1896. 
8vo. pp. 193. 

Import of the Committee on the Purchase of the Plant of the Dedham Water Com- 
pany. Dedham. 1896. 8vo. pp. 48. 

Manual of the Congregational Church, Durham, N. H. Dover, N. H. 1895. 8vo. 
pp. 48. 

Minutes of the General Conference of the Congregational Churches in Maine. 
Sixty-ninch Anniversary, Portland, Me. 1895. 8vo. pp. 153. 

Seventh Report of the Trustees of the Salem Public Library, Salem, Mass. De- 
cember, 1895. Salem. 1896. 8vo. pp. 22. 

United States Army Directory. January, 1896. 8vo. pp. 38. 

Congress Hall. An Address by Hon. Samuel W. Pennypocker, LL.D., at the Last 
Session of the Court of Common Pleas, No. 2, in Congress Hall, Philadelphia. Sep- 
tember sixteenth, 1895. 8vo. pp. 34. 

Manor Hall Number. Yonkers Historical and Library Association Bulletin. 8vo. 
pp. 45. 

Brookline Historical Publication Society Publications, No. 5. Roxbury Church 
Records relating to Brookline. Jauuary, 1896. 8vo. pp. 3. 

Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration of the New England Society in the city of New 
York, at Sherry's, 402 Fifth Avenue, Monday, December 23, 1895. 8vo. pp. 124. 

Pedigree Building. Meeting of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society. 
[Wilkes-Barre Record, June 11, 1896.] 8vo. pp. 4. 

Schedule of Prizes offered by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for the year 
1896. Boston. 1895. 8vo. pp. 45. 

Nicholas Perrot. A Study in Wisconsin History. By Gardner B. Stickney. 
Milwaukee, Wis. 1895. 8vo. pp. 15. 

The Morse Record. A History of the Proceedings of the Morse Society in Annual 
Meeting, December 4, 1895. 8vo. pp. 44. 

Martha, daughter of Mehitable Chandler Coit. 1706-1784. 12 mo. pp. 33. 




Rev. Jacob Bailey. His Character and Works. By Charles E. Allen. Read be- 
fore the Lincoln County Historical Society, November 13, 1895. 8vo. pp. 16. 

A Memoir of Edmund B. Willson, Fifth President of the Essex Institute. By 
Robert S. Rantoul. Salem. 1895. 8vo. pp. 39. 

Some Letters of Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts. 1784 — 1804. Edited by 
Worthington Chauncey Ford. Brooklyn, N. Y. 1896. 8vo. pp. 28. 

Address at the funeral of Mrs. Eleanor J. W. Baker, of Dorchester. By Rev. 
Theodore T. Munger, D.D. January 17, 1891. Boston. 1895. 16mo. pp. 19. 

In Memoriam. Lavinia Farnham. Cambridge. 1894. 12vo. pp. 91. 

Commemorative Exercises of the Middlesex Bar Association, in memory of 
George M. Brooks, held in the Supreme Judicial Court, at Cambridge, April 23d, 
1894. So. Framingham. 1895. 8vo. pp. 23. 

Memorial and Historical Discourse, Trinitarian Congregational Church, North 
Andover, October 20, 1895. By the Pastor, Rev. Henry E. Barnes, D.D. 8vo. 

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State 
of Massachusetts. In Memoriam. Companion Alexander Hamilton Rice. 


Capt. John Williams Dean Hall, Secre- 
tary of the Old Colony Historical Soci- 
ety, died at his home in Taunton, Janu- 
ary 18, in the 89th year of his age. 

Capt. Hall had suffered from infirmi- 
ties for several weeks, but Avas able to 
be present at the annual meeting of the 
Society in January, and with a resonant 
voice to read his official report. But 
this brief interval of service which gave 
promise of speedy restoration to his 
customary condition of vigorous health, 
was but a dramatic scene of farewell to 
the duties of his office, and was suc- 
ceeded by a period of rapid decline, but 
with no suspension of his faculties to the 
very hour of his death. 

John Williams Dean Hall was a son 
of John Williams and Anna (Dean) 
Hall of Raynham, and a lineal descend- 
ant of George and Mary Hall, of Taun- 
ton. In early life he was an appren- 
tice in the printing office of Barnum 
Field, of Providence, and became the 
publisher of the " Literary Subaltern " 
of that city; but in 1835 he removed 
to Taunton, and in the course of a few 
years became the editor and publisher 
of the " Taunton Whig," which was 
afterwards known as the i( American 
Republican." He was also associated 
in the editorial charge of the " Taunton 
Daily and Weekly Gazette," and for 
several years was its publisher ; and 
was engaged in active journalistic life 
for more than forty years. 

Capt. Hall was early interested in the 
welfare of the local militia, especially 
of the Providence Cadets and of the 
Taunton Cohannet Rifle Corps, and re- 
signed from the command of the latter 
in 1841 ; at the outbreak of the Civil 

War he was indefatigable in his efforts 
as a drillmaster of recruits, and held 
the office of United States Provost 
Marshal of the Second Massachusetts 
District until the close of the conflict : 
he was a member of the State Legisla- 
ture in 1863. 

As secretary and librarian of the Old 
Colony Historical Society for the past 
nine years, Capt. Hall pursued his an- 
tiquarian tastes with much enthusiasm, 
and contributed in great measure to 
the development of the resources and 
to the accumulation of treasures of the 
organization. He was a compiler of a 
work entitled " The Taunton and Rayn- 
ham descendants of George and Mary 
Hall," and was a voluminous contribu- 
tor to the History of Bristol County. 

Capt. Hall m. Nov. 13, 1831, Abby 
Southworth Jackson, dau. of John T. 
and Elizabeth (Southworth) Jackson, 
of Providence. 

By Joshua Eddy Crane, Esq., of Taun- 
ton, Mass. 

Hon. Daniel R. Hastings, a distin- 
guished member of the Oxford County 
Bar, and widely known throughout the 
State, died at his residence in Fryeburg, 
Maine, January 13, 1896, aged 72 years, 
4 months and 19 days. He was the son 
of John and Abigail Straw Hastings of 
Bethel, and was a graduate of Bowdoin 
College, of the famous class of 1844, 
having among his classmates Judge 
William Wirt Virgin, Judge Charles W. 
Goddard and General Samuel J. An- 
derson of Portland, the Hon. Horatio 
G. Herrick of Lawrence, Mass., the 
Hon.JosiahL. Pickard, LL.D., of Iowa, 
and the Rev. George M. Adams, D.D., 
of Auburndale, Mass. n. j. h. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 249 


By Henry F. Waters, A.M. 
[Continued from page 141.] 

Thomas Gippes of Langham, Essex, gentleman, 1 January 1652, 
proved 12 May 1653. All my houses, lands and tenements in Thirston, 
Bay ton and Tostocke, Suffolk, to wife Mary (for life) and after her de- 
cease to John Wall of Broomeley, Essex, clerk, Daniel Wall of Stratford, 
Suffolk, clothier, and Thomas Brandeston of Langham aforesaid, gentle- 
man, my brothers, and to Daniel Wall of Stratford, son of the said Daniel 
Wall my brother, to be sold by them or any two of them within one year 
after the death of Mary my said wife and the moneys thereof arising to be 
divided among my children Thomas, Henry, Nicholas and Elizabeth Grippes, 
Thomas to have a double portion. My messuage or tenement, with garden, &c. 
in Cook Row, Bury St. Edmunds, in occupation of Nicholas Batteley apothe- 
cary, my messuage in Southgate street in Bury St. Edmonds, in occupation of 
one Edward Taylor, and my other houses, lands &c. in Bury St. Edmunds 
to wife Mary to be sold for payment of my debts, only ten pounds thereof 
to be first paid to my son in law Robert Manning, he first sealing and de- 
livering to her a release of all actions, legacies, debts and demands. The 
overplus to said wife Mary whom I make &c. sole executrix. 

Brent, 23. 

Robert Woktham of Braintree, Essex, grocer, 16 June 1656, proved 
23 February 1657. I desire Mr. Samuel Collyns, minister of Braintree, 
to preach at my funeral. To my loving wife Judith. My cousin John 
Sparhawke and James, Mary and John, his three children. To John 
Clarke, the son of my kinsman John Clarke, at one and twenty. Joseph 
Taylor the son of my kinsman John Taylor. My sister in law Martha 
Mann shall have the interest of the forty pounds which Rice Thursby of 
Braintree, gen fc ., doth owe unto me. To my kinsman Richard Wortham of 
Braintree the house wherein I now dwell, called the Swan, and a butcher's 
stall in the market place, to the said Richard and his lawfully begotten 
heirs, with remainder to James Sparhawke, the son of my kinsman John 
Sparhawke, and to John Clarke, the son of my kinsman James Clarke, and 
to their heirs forever. I give to James Wall the son of my kinswoman 
Elizabeth Wall the sum of ten pounds to be paid when he shall accom- 
plish his age of one and twenty years. I give unto my brother in law 
Daniel Wall forty shillings. To Elizabeth Johnson, the daughter of my 
kinsman Henry Johnson, ten pounds at one and twenty. My nephew 
Richard Wortham to be sole executor. And I do also resign to my execu- 
tor my executorship of the last will and testament of James Sparhawke 
late of Braintree gen*, deceased. Wootten, 182. 

Bartholomew* Wall of Blakenam upon the Waters, Suffolk, yeoman, 
11 March 1672, proved 23 April 1673. To my dear and loving wife Susan 
one hundred and fifty pounds, according to an agreement before marriage, 
also a silver tankard as a further token of my love. To my two daughters 

VOL. L. 19 

250 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

Mary and Martha Wall all my lands and tenements in Bradfield, Essex, 
these to be sold and the money arising therefrom divided, but Mary to have 
one hundred pounds more than Martha. To my daughter Susan Wall all 
my land in Dedham or Langham, Essex. I give unto my daughter Anna 
Jacob, living in New England the sum of ten pounds, to be paid within 
eighteen mouths. My daughter Mary Wall to be sole executor. 

John Wall one of the witnesses. Pye, 51. 

Susan Bantoft of Ipswich, 5 July 1676, proved 7 November 1676. 
To George and Edmond Boggas, two of the sons of John Boggas deceased, 
brother to my former husband Anthony Boggas, ten pounds each. To Sarah 
and Elizabeth the two daughters of Mary Sparrow deceased, my former 
husband's sister, five pounds each. To Mary Crouch wife of Samuel 
Crouch of Colchester five pounds. To the four children of Samuel Salter 
of Dedham which he had by Abigail Salter five pounds apiece at eighteen. 
To William Bentley son of my brother William Bentley ten pounds at 
twenty-four. To the four daughters of my said brother, Sarah Arnall ten 
pounds, Mary Bentley twenty pounds, Anne Bentley twenty pounds and 
Margaret Bentley ten pounds. 

To Mary Wall one of the daughters of Ann Wall, my sister deceased, 
fifty pounds, to Martha Wall her sister thirty pounds and to another daugh- 
ter of my sister Anne Wall, in New England, late Anne Jacob, ten pounds. 
To Susanna Wall, another daughter, fifty pounds. 

Elizabeth Bantoft, my husband's daughter. John Bentley son of Edmond 
Bentley of Langham deceased. Samuel Bantoft son of Jonathan Bantoft. 
Samuel Bantoft, my husband's son. Thomas Bantoft, my husband's son, 
his wife and four children. Cousin John Rayner and Mary Chaplyn, chil- 
dren of Margaret Rayner, my sister deceased. The poor of St. Margaret's 
parish, Ipswich. To Mr. Owen Stockton five pounds. The residue to my 
husband Thomas Bantoft and he to be executor. 

Book Fauconberge, Leaf 259. 
Suffolk Wills (at Ipswich). 

[I was first indebted to Dr. J. J. Muskett for reference to this will and its 
mention of the Wall family. Later, when in Ipswich myself examining the 
wills there, I came upon it once more and added to my former notes received 
from Dr Muskett. H. F. Waters.] 

John Wall of Stratford, Suffolk, clothier, 26 March 1678, proved 3 
June 1678. To dear and loving wife Debora all those lands and tenements 
settled upon her according to agreements upon marriage. To my son 
Nicholas, after my wife's decease, those lands and tenements, now in the 
tenure of William Cooper, in Stratford, and also three hundred pounds at 
the age of two and twenty. To my eldest son Daniel Wall my lands and 
tenements in Dengy Hundred. I give him also my " Comonteere plonkets " 
to be delivered him by my executors immediately after my decease if he 
goes not beyond sea in my life-time and receive them by my order. To 
him also four hundred pounds when he shall have served out his apprentice- 
ship, provided that his master, and my loving brother, Mr. Edmund Shear- 
man give in to my executors my bond I gave to him for his truth. To 
son John my mansion house that I dwell in, my woad-house, with fatts and 
coppers &c. (and other real estate and money). To daughter Deborah 
three hundred pounds at day of marriage or age of one and twenty. A 
similar bequest to daughter Elizabeth. To son Bartholomew the house 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 251 

and lands which I lately bought of Richard Havens, called Thorpe's, in 
Stratford (and other real estate and money). To son Samuel my lands 
&c. in Awdly Essex (and other gifts). To wife my lands &c. in Fingerego 
which were surrendered to me by one Samuel Makeing (Makin). Son 
John shall have sole management of my concerns in Brantham. To Samuel 
Backler (and others). My sister Fenne. Wife Deborah and son John to 
be executors and Mr. John Maxey and my brother in law Mr. Nathaniel 
Shearman to be supervisors. Reeve, 71. 

Deborah Wall of Brantham, Suffolk, widow, 31 August 1684, proved 
9 July 1685. Son John Wall to be sole executor. My sons Nicholas and 
Bartholomew and my two daughters shall be paid their portions given them 
by their father's will. To my grand daughter Anna Wall five pounds. To 
my sister Feun ten shillings. Wit: Nathaniel Sherman, John Hobert, 
Ester Fenn. Cann, 94. 

William Grigle ah. Grigges of Brancktree, Essex, yeoman, 18 Octo- 
ber 1575, proved 10 June 1577. To be buried in the church or church- 
yard there. Lands and tenements in Bocking. Wife Alice to have lands, 
tenements &c. in Braintree except certain lands and tenements called 
Boram's and Marshall's and one orchard called the Cheker Orchard where- 
upon one barn and other edifices are now newly builded by John Mott my 
wife's eldest son. To Adrian Smart all my lands and tenements in Stysted, 
Essex, called Gull's. Servant John Bragge. Friend Jeffery Caldwell of 
London. Wife Alice to be executrix and Robert Clerke, gen'., steward to 
the Right Hon. Sir Robert Rich, knight, Lord Rich, and John Goodaye 
the elder to be overseers. Daughtry, 22. 

Alice Grigle otherwise Grigges of Branktree, Essex, widow, 22 
February 1577, proved 16 February 1584. My body to be buried in the 
parish church or churchyard or Branktree. I give and bequeath unto John 
Motte my son one field or croft of land lying in Booking, by the high way 
side leading from Branktree towards Coggeshall, containing by estimation 

three acres and a half, late purchased of Dryland, as the same is 

now in the manurance* or occupation of the said John Motte, to have and 
to hold the said field or croft during the term of his natural life; and after 
his decease the said field or croft shall remain unto John Smarte, son of 
Adrian Smarte, and to his heirs and assigns forever. I give, devise and 
bequeath unto Mark Motte my son all those my messuage, lands, tenements 
&c. &c. in Bocking and Branktree, or elsewhere in Essex, which sometime 
were of Raphe Rocheford, citizen and grocer of London, or of Jane Roche- 
ford his daughter deceased, and which were late purchased of Stephen 
Craske, citizen and vintner of London, to have and to hold forever. I give 
to the said Mark Mott my son that my messuage wherein 1 now dwell, called 
the White Greyhound, and two tenements adjoining on either side of the 
said messuage, one of which is a new house and the other was late in the 
occupation of Philip Ingram ah. Wylson (and other estate including ten 
acres of land) in Branktree, and a parcel of pasture, sometime Dorwardes, 
in Bocking, near unto Bocking End, by the highway side leading from Bock, 
ing to Reyne. To John Motte my son one other croft containing by esti- 
mation three acres, sometime Dorwarde's, and another parcel called the Harp- 

* This word was used in its original and proper signification of cultivation, or tillage. 
Manure is simply the English form of manoeuvre.— H. F. W. 

252 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

with a "Chaceway" adjoining, lying in Booking, to hold during his life, 
and after his decease the said croft or chaceway shall wholly remain and 
come unto Adryane Smarte, son of Adryane Smarte. I give and bequeath 
unto Mary, Alice and Katherine, daughters of the said Adryan Smarte 
(certain household stuff). I give and bequeath unto John, son of the said 
Marke Motte my son, twenty pounds to be paid unto him at his age of 
twenty four years. Also I give unto every other child which the said 
Marke my son shall have born and living at the time of my decease twenty 
pounds, at their several ages of twenty four years. And I give &c. unto 
Peter, John and Adrian, sons of the said Adrian Smarte, twenty pounds 
apiece, at their several ages of twenty four years. The residue to my son 
Mark whom I make sole executor &c. 
Rob te Stanton one of the witnesses. 

File 1584, Com. of London (Essex and Herts). 

Adrean Smart of Brainktree, Essex, yeoman, 23 December 1583> 
proved 2 April 1584. Wife Margery. The tenement wherein I now dwell 
and that in the occupation of Alexander Browne. My tenement called the 
Swan. My son Peter Smart. My son John. My son Adrian. My brother 
Thomas Smart. My three daughters, Mary-. Alice and Katherine Smart. 
My stall place which I have usually occupied on market days. Money 
received to the use of my three daughters from Alice Grigges, widow, my 
wife's mother. I will that John Sperhawke shall hold my shop belonging 
to the Swan according to a former grant made to him by James Wedon. 
I make and ordain Margery my wife my only executrix. And I will that 
she shall find Thomas Smart my brother sufficient meat, drink, lodging and 
apparel &c. And I ordain my brothers in law John Mott and Mark Mott 
my supervisors. Butts, 35. 

Robert Mott, one of the aldermen of the town of Colchester, 31 May 
1603., proved 27 April 1604. Wife Anne shall have her dwelling in the 
house that I do now inhabit and dwell in, during the time of her widow- 
hood {%. e. certain portions of it set forth and described). Son William shall 
occupy certain portions in common with her. The next house, called the 
Crown, wherein Robert Hayward now dwelleth. To wife such household 
stuff &c. as were hers before I married her. My executor shall pay unto 
her twenty pounds for Thomas Walker. 

Item, as I have always heretofore wished well to the good estate of the 
Corporation of Colchester and now being much grieved for some unkind 
dissension lately risen there, so, as a fellow feeling member of that body, 
I do heartily desire their peace and unity, and to that end and as a token 
of my well meaning to them all do give and bequeath to the Bailiffs and 
Commonalty of the said town a piece of plate to be delivered unto them by 
the discretion of the said William Mot, my executor, so as before the deliv- 
ery and receipt thereof thereby by some good means a charitable reconciliation 
made among them, which plate, my meaning is, shall be used in their great 
chamber at their Moot hall where they are appointed to have their diet at 
their Assemblies, and so to continue there to that use forever. To my son 
Thomas the house that my son William now dwelleth in, called the Bull &c. 
and the house and ground at Barfolde (Bergholt?), which I bought of M r . 
Shirlock, and the wood, called Poor's wood, in Barfold, which I bought of 
my father in law Mr. Robert Mydleton the elder, and the moor now in the 
occupation of George Sutton, and two tenements in East Street which I 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 253 

bought of my father in law Mr. Midleton and now in the occupation of 
Michael Arnould. Other bequests to him (among other things " my birde 
carpet"). I give to my brother Hilles and my sister and Giles Marsh and 
Mary Marsh twenty pounds amongst them to be divided as my brother 
Hilles thinketh best, Thomas Winiffe to whom I forgive the ten pounds 
lent him to buy his house at Lanham withall. To Doctor Harris, Mr. 
Lewis, Mr. Newcombe and my brother Clay, either of them forty shillings 
apiece. To my brother Cuttle if he be living. To my sister Mydleton, my 
aunt Raynoldes, my sister Stevens, my brother and sister Steele and my 
son Harmonson and his wife, either of them, a gold ring, price twenty shil- 
lings. Residue to son William, whom I do ordain and make my sole execu- 
tor. And I do appoint and desire my loving friends Robert Mydleton the 
younger, gen*., and Richard Symnell gent, to be overseers. Harte, 35. 

John Smarte of Branktrye, Essex, yeoman, 7 June 1604, proved 14 
July 1604. Wife Thomazine. Free lands and tenements in Booking. 
Adrian, my second son. I do devise my messuage or tenement wherein I 
now dwell to my uncle Mott for seven years, towards the performance of 
this my will. I do devise all and every my customary lands and tenements 
in Branktrye unto my said uncle Mark Mott for seven years &c. &c. I do 
give unto the child that my wife now goeth withal (if she be with child) one 
hundred marks in manner following; forty pounds thereof remaining in the 
hands of my wife's father John Curd of Sudbury, being part of my wife's 
portion which he promised me with her in marriage, to be paid to her from 
him within one year after my decease to the use of her child, if she be 
with child &c, and twenty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence, 
residue of the said sum of one hundred marks &c. Provision for the 
wardship of eldest son, John Smarte. My uncle Marke Motte to be sole 
executor. My four children named John, Adrian, Mary and Elliuor 

Wit: Peter Smartt, Richard Owtinge and Erasmus Sparhawk. 

Harte, 70. 

John Gale of St. Leonard within the liberty of Colchester, Essex, 
mariner, 23 May 1606, proved 2 July 1606. John Mott the son of my 
brother John Mott of Much Wigburrowe Essex. Bridget Adams ah. Mott 
the daughter of my said brother Mott. Marcy and Mary Mott two other 
of his daughters. George and Bridget Adams the children of the said. 
Bridget. Johan Samou als. Miller of Much Wigborowe my sister. My 
tenement &c. in Peldon Essex. William Samon her son and Robert and 
Anne Samon her children. My wife Katherine. George Adams the elder 
of Aberton Essex yeoman. Matthew Pickors my wife's grandchild. Susan 
Lambert another of ray wife's grandchildren. Elizabeth Godsalle my 
wife's daughter. Stafford, 58. 

Catherine Gale of St. Leonard's (as above), widow, 28 November 
1606, proved 19 December 1606. My two daughters Mary Dinbye and 
Elizabeth Godsall. My grandchild Matthew Pickas. My grandchild Susan 
Lambert. My ketch or ship called the Elizabeth of Colchester. My cousin 
Susan Bragge wife of John Foorole of Brightlingsea Essex. My cousin 
Unitye Kinge (female). My cousin Jasper Randall of St. Leonard's. 
John Dinby and my said daughter Mary his wife. Her two children. 

Stafford, 91. 

254 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [April, 

Samuel Hilles of Christ Church London, merchant taylor, 17 June 
1609, proved 20 July 1609. To be buried in the parish church of Christ 
Church where my late wife lieth buried. The poor of Much Taye in Essex 
where I was born. The children of my cousin Thomas Hilles, citizen and 
merchant taylor of London. Four of the youngest of my brother Thomas 
Hill's children. The children of my cousin William Mott of Colchester, 
Essex, gen fc . I give to my cousin Thomas Mott all such household stuff as 
the aforesaid William Mott hath of mine in his hands, amounting to the 
sum of seventeen pounds fourteen shillings or thereabouts. My cousin 
Thomazine Greene wife of Richard Greene joiner. My tenement at Stoke 
Newington, Middlesex. My grandchild Mary Marsh at twenty one or day 
of marriage. My tenement called the Blue Anchor in Mark Lane, Lon- 
don. Giles Marsh, my grandchild, at one and twenty. My two tenements 
in Aldersgate Street, London, which I hold of Mr. William Gregory of 
Coventry, gen*., and his wife. Thomas Sparke citizen and merchant taylor 
of London. My cousin William Mott and my cousin Thomas Hills to be 
my executors. Dorset, 75. 

Mark Mott of Braintree, Essex, gen*., 1 March 1636, proved 7 May 
1638. The poor of Booking and of Braintree. Eldest son John Mott to 
ratify and confirm a jointure of the manor of Shimpling Hall, Norfolk, 
and the land thereunto belonging unto Alice Mott, wife of the said John 
Mott. Daughter Sara Wolrich. My cousin Collyns, minister of Brain- 
tree. My cousin Wharton, minister of Felsted. Every one of my chil- 
dren. Mark Draper, son of Alice Draper, my grandchild. My son Adrian 
Mott to be sole executor. 

Wit : Thomas Jekyll, Richard Outing and Nicholas Jekyll. 

Lee, 60. 

[I have already given in the Register for July 1892 (Vol. 46, pp. 320-323) a 
large abstract of the will of Mark Mott, D.D., rector of Rayne Parva in the 
County of Essex, who was a son of the above testator and who named a lot of 
relatives, among others Dorothy the wife of John Taylecott. Samuel Collins 
the Vicar of Braintree, whom both father and son cailecl cousin, was directly 
connected with New England through Mr. Edward Collins of Cambridge and 
Charlestown. Morant's Essex (especially vol. ii., p. 376) furnishes some ac- 
count of this family of Mott. I have other wills referring to the Motts of East 
Mersea and of Bradwell which I have not thought it worth the while to send at 
present. Henry F. Waters.] 

In the name of God amen. I, John Rogers of Moulsham ioyner &c. 
My body to be buried in the churchyard of the parish of Chelmsford. I give 
to my wife Annys my house wherein I dwell, so long as she liveth here in 
this world, and after her decease I will that my oldest son John Rogers 
shall have it, on this condition that within one year after his mother's de- 
cease he pay to my son Richard Rogers twenty nobles and to my daughter 
Mary Rogers likewise twenty nobles of lawful money of England if the 
said John refuse so to do, or do it not, then I will that the goodman Grave- 
ley, the goodman Manne and the goodman Reade, or their assigns, shall sell 
the aforesaid house to the most advantage, and the money thereof to be 
equally divided amongst my children, John, Richard and Mary, and either 
of them to be the others' heirs. I give to my son John a featherbed with 
all things belonging thereto. I give to my son Richard a featherbed like- 
wise with all things belonging thereto. I give to my daughter Mary also a 
featherbed with all things belonging thereto ; which featherbeds with all 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in HJngland. 255 

things belonging to them I will to be delivered to my forenamed children 
and either of them at the day of their marriage. I appoint my neighbor 
John Graveley and my neighbor Nicholas Manne my assignees for the sale 
of the house of one Thomas Ashbey deceased to the use of the four children 
which he left behind him, as it appeareth in the last will and testament of 
the said Thomas Ashbey. I will that my wife Annys shall receive and pay 
all my debts, and therefore I give unto her all the rest of my goods whatso- 
ever they be, and I do make and appoint the said Annys my only executrix 
of this my last will and testament. Finis. 

No. 17, 9 th File, 1575, Com. of London (Essex and Herts) Wills. 

[John Rogers, of Moulsham, the testator, is, I believe, the father of Rev. 
Richard of Wethersfield and grandfather of Rev. John of Dedham. Turning 
to my Gleanings for April, 1887 (Register, vol. 41, page 158 and onward) the 
reader will note that on page 170, extracts from the Parish Register of Chelms- 
ford are printed. If I am now right, then John of Moulsham, father of Rev. 
John of Dedham, was born in 1548, instead of in 1538, as I have given in the 
pedigree on page 158. I had already suggested such a thing on page 170 (after 
giving the baptisms). If I am now right, too, we now know who the mother 
was of Richard of Wethersfield, and grandmother of John of Dedham. She 
was Agnes (or Annys) Carter, married in 1541) as I say on page 170). Now 
this marriage becomes important, so I give it from my note-book : 

" John Rogers, wedowr was maryed to Agnes Carter, wedowe on sonday the 
viij daye of Maye 1541." 

We have yet to learn her maiden name. I shall have to bear the Carters in 
mind, and see if I can get the will of her former husband. 

Since the Rogers pedigree, in April, 1887, was printed, I have obtained the 
record of the marriage of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers to Margaret Crane, as follows : 

" 1625 January 23. Nathaniel Rogers minister of Booking and Margaret 
Crane of Cockshall [Coggeshall] were married by license Jan. 23." 

Parish Register of Messing. 

I owe the above to the thoughtful kindness of Mr. William Brigg, editor of 
the Herts Genealogist and Antiquary. When I went down into Essex with Mr. 
Starr to examine parish registers in the neighborhood of Bocking for Mr. Good- 
win, I did not see the Messing registers, having learned from Mr. Starr that he 
had culled the Goodwin entries there. Otherwise I should probably have noted 
the above important entry. Mr. Brigg took other Rogers entries, but I see 
nothing among them especially relating to our New England family. 

H. F. Waters. 

In 1868, I stated in print that there are in the Bodleian Library two volumes 
of Candler's, MSS. Tanner 180 and 257, of which the former bears to the w T ell- 
known Harleian 6071 of the British Museum, the relation of finished work to 
rough notes. They ought to be carefully studied. In 1888, I copied from 180 
a part of the Rogers pedigree, which explains one of the puzzles in it, and cor- 
rects the chart printed in the Register, Vol. 41, page 158-9. 

Jenkin— = Harsenet 

Clarke her first I Rogers j Clarke her second 
husband. husband. 

1 1 i I I I I 

William Jenkin, Mary, mar. Elizabeth, John Harsenet. Ezekiel. Anne, Abigail, 

preacher at Christ's to Daniel mar. to mar. to 

Church, London. Sutton, Clarke. Thomas 

He hath written Cawton Clarke a 

uponJude&c. Clarke. minister. 

Wm. S. Appleton.] 

Edward Hasteler of Maldon, Essex, merchant, 11 June 1622, proved 
4 October 1 022. Messuages, lands, leases, shipping, goods, merchandizes, &c. 
By the will and testament of that reverend man Mr. Richard Rogers of 
Weathersfield deceased, my late father in law, I had a sum of money the 
which' by said father in law was meant and intended for the purchase of lands 

256 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

and tenements to be estated upon me and Rebecca my now wife, his daugh- 
ter, for our lives and after our deaths to remain and come to the equal 
benefits of Richard, Joseph, Nathaniel, Hester and Mary Hasteler, five 
children which I then had by the said Rebecca my now wife. I bequeath 
my capital messuage wherein I do now dwell and the tenement wherein 
Thomas Betts cordwainer dwelleth, which was anciently also part of my 
said messuage, with lands &c, being in Maldon, unto the said Rebecca my 
wife for the term of her life and after her decease to the five children be- 
fore named. Other portions to these children and to John the youngest son 
by wife Rebecca. My ten other children which I had by my former wife, 
viz* Benjamin, Edward, John, Philip, Andrew, Thomas, Stephen, Susan wife 
of William Squire, Sara Hasteler and Mary Hasteler. Provision for the 
education of the six children had by wife Rebecca. My brother in law 
Sheppard and my sister his wife. The poor of the parish of St. Mary's in 
Maldon and of St. Peter's in Maldon and of All Saints in Maldon. Ju- 
dith the wife of John Saffould of Maldon. Rebecca and Martha Wrighte 
my daughters in law. I have put my son Thomas into the University of 
Cambridge. I have sent my son Benjamin unto the Islands with an ad- 
venture. Son Edward to be sole executor. My loving and trusty friends 
John Wrighte Esq. and John Soane to hear and end any questions about 
my will. 

Wit : Ezechiell Rogers, John Soane, Frauncis Long. Saville, 92. 

John Markaunt of S*. Gyles within the town of Colchester, Essex, 
gen 1 ., 14 September 1583, proved 12 November 1585. The poor, impo- 
tent and aged poor of the township of Stooke in the County of Suffolk. 
Eclmond Markaunt, commonly called eldest son of me the said John Mark- 
aunt the father. John Markaunt, commonly called the second son &c. &c. 
William Markaunt, commonly called the third son &c. &c. Elizabeth Mark- 
aunt, commonly called one of the daughters &c. &c, at day of marriage 
or full age of one and twenty years. The aforesaid William Markaunt, 
my youngest son, at his full age of one and twenty. Margaret Markaunt, 
now the wife of me the said John Markaunt the elder. To the aforesaid 
William, third son &c, all those my copyhold lands and tenements in 
Myldenhall, Suffolk, now in the tenure of William Place &c, and also my 

messuage in Colchester wherein one Smythe, butcher, lately did 

dwell, the messuage in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Colchester, where- 
in one William BerifFe now dwelleth and those three rentaries or tene- 
ments, with one little garden plat adjoining lying iu Beare Lane. Colches- 
ter, now or late in the several tenures and occupations of Robert Middleton, 
gentleman, the widow Vincente, the widow Helgrave and the widow Rush- 
brooke. To son John two messuages in Bury St. Edmond's, Suffolk, after 
the death of Elizabeth Markaunt my sister, and rents arising out of my 
copyhold lands &c. in Kyrby and Thorpe or elsewhere in Essex (and other 
lauds in Suffolk and Essex) and all my lands and tenements in the parish 
of S fc . Martin in the Vintry, London. Wife Margaret shall cause the said 
John and William mv sons to be taught and instructed in good literature 
and learning, according to their several capacities, shall place and maintain 
them in the Universities or Inns of Chancery and Court to study the Law 
or some such art as their minds shall be most inclined unto &c ; and if the 
capacity of either of them shall be adjudged by their learned tutor or tutors 
and by my supervisor unable and unapt to receive learning then I will that he 
which so shall be deemed not capable of learning shall be placed by the 

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said Margaret, with the consent of my supervisor, with some discreet and 
godly person to be trained up in some good honest trade or science dur- 
ing his nonage. Wife Margaret to be sole executrix and my cousin Joseph 
Scotte to be supervisor. Brudenell, 49. 

Edmond Clare of Old Newton, Suffolk, gen*., 20 April 1630, proved 
12 May 1631. Wife Marey. Son in law Richard Sidaye. Son in law 
Rapfe Sidaye and his daughters Marey Sidaye and Margrett Sidaye. Lands 
at Mount Buers, Essex. My kinsman Raynould Rous. Mr. Penn, min- 
ister of Newton. My sons in law Edmund Markant and William Mark- 
ant. My nephew Rous. Philip Garrard. Wife Marey executrix. John 
Penne a witness. Proved by Mary Clare the widow. S l . John, 65. 

William Markant of Kelvedon, Essex, clothier, 8 January 1643, 
proved 18 December 1644. The poor of Kelvedon and of Great Cogges- 
hall. To wife Mary my messuage or tenement, with the yards and garden 
to the same belonging, situate in or near Church Street, in Great Cogges- 
hall, now or late in the occupation of William Lowe, she to hold for life ; 
the reversion to my daughter Gonlding and her heirs. To my undutiful son 
John Markant fifty pounds, but the same to be paid into the hands of my 
brother in law Mr. Robert Crane and my cousin Mr. Thomas Guyon the 
elder, both of Great Coggeshall, desiring them to dispose and order the money 
whereby it may become a yearly maintenance for my said son, his wife and 
children, knowing that he is not of himself able to govern himself or 
order an estate for the good of himself nor them that depend upon him, 
having misspent what I have formerly bestowed upon him. Two hundred 
pounds to such child or children as he hath or shall have &c. To my said 
brother Crane and cousin Guyon my messuage called the Checquer (with 
land &c.) in Gouldanger, Essex, upon trust to bestow the yearly mainten- 
ance of him, his wife and children ; and after his death to the heirs of the 
body of my said son John forever. The residue of my goods &c. to my 
wife and my daughter Crane, whom I make executors. 

Proved by Mary Markant the relict and Crane the natural and 

lawful daughter of the deceased. Rivers, 19. 

Thomas Crane of Kelvedon Essex, gen t ., 11 November 1654, proved 6 
March 1654. The poor of Kelvedon. Mr. Channdler, my minister. My 
loving wife. My daughter Mary. Certain messuages in Colchester which 
I purchased of Christopher Yeoman and John Yeoman his son. And I 
do give undo her, more, seven hundred pounds which I will and desire 
shall be laid out in lands for her use, and what other money she shall have 
by this my will, by my father Mr. Robert Crane and my brother Mr. 
Henry Whiteing. To son Robert all the residue of my freehold, copy- 
hold and lease lands and tenements. I make my said son and daughter ex- 
ecutors. And I nominate and entreat my said father and brother Whit- 
ing to be their guardians. If they die without issue within the age of one 
and twenty all their estate shall be to the use of the children of my sister 
Margaret the wife of Nathaniel Rogers now in New England and to the 
children of my sister Whiting, part and part alike. Aylett, 159. 

[This is the will referred to by me in a foot-note on page 177 of Vol. 41 of 
the Register, on which page a pedigree of Crane is printed. As to the other 
foot-note on that page (will of Samuel Crane, 1609), I have already entered in 
my note-book that this date must be an error in Morant for 16G9, which was 
the actual date of the will of Samuel, brother of the above Thomas Crane, and 
of Margaret wife of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, of Ipswich, Mass.— H. F. Waters.] 

258 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

[The following four wills, those of Joseph Collyer, Philip Watton, Christo- 
pher Cary, and Dame Mary Sergeant, break the group of East Anglian wills ; 
but this could not well be prevented.] 

Joseph Collyer the elder, citizen and grocer of London, 21 August 
1648, proved 28 September 1649. To the poor of the parish of St. Sa- 
viour's in Southwalk, where I dwell, ten pounds. Twenty pounds to be 
distributed to ten or twenty poor godly christians. My brother Abel 
Collyer. My niece Elizabeth Bourne the daughter of my sister Elizabeth 
Bourne. My sister Judith Warner. My sister Rhoda Dorton. I give to 
my sister Mary Browninge in New England the sum of ten pounds. My 
sister Dorcas Slingsby and her youngest child. I give the sum of fifty 
pounds to be distributed amongst the children of my brother Abel and my 
sisters. My sister Rachael now the wife of Richard Parnell of Epsham. I 
purchased a house and certain lands in Epsham wherein my said sister and 
her husband have dwelt and enjoyed about ten or twelve years and have not 
paid any rent for the same (the said house and land being worth ten pounds 
per annum). I do hereby remit all the rent that is past, and they to hold 
the same during the life of said sister, paying only forty shillings per an- 
num for the rent thereof unto my son Joseph. Reference to an Indenture 
of bargain and sale, bearing date 19 May 1647, from Marlyon Rithe of 
Chipstead, Surrey, gen*., of a messuage and farm called Storrocks in said 
parish, and other lands about there (evidently a mortgage). Bequests to 
son Samuel (at one and twenty) and to sons Joseph and Benjamin (part- 
ners in trade). To sons Joseph, Abel and Samuel all my household stuff 
and plate which I was possessed of before I was last married to Elizabeth 
my now wife. My daughter in law Anna Harris at one and twenty. 
Susan Warner daughter of my sister Judith. The two daughters of my 
daughter Savage, namely Hannah and Elizabeth Savage. 

Fairfax, 136. 

Philip Wotton of East Budleigh, Devon, yeoman, 26 October 1657, 
proved 10 February 1662. My lands at Salterton within this parish. 
A messuage or tenement called Haymill in East Budleigh to John 
Channon the younger, Roger Bagwill and Richar Curtis of this parish to 
and for the only use, best benefit and behoof of my brother Matthew Wot- 
ton (reserving to my wife Jane two days' cut of " turfes" yearly out of the 
moors of the said tenement during my said wife's life). Philip Wotton son 
of my brother Matthew. Richard Courtis the son of Richard Courtis afore- 
said and Susanna Courtis the daughter. I do give and bequeath unto my 
daughter in law Jane Bennett in New England five pounds to be paid unto 
her and her children within one year and half after my decease, my wife, 
if please God to enable her in estate, to make up the same thirty pounds. 
My kinswoman Sarah Wotton. My houses in Peter Street in the City of 
Westminster. Philip, Sarah and James Wotton children of my brother 
Matthew. Mary, Susanna and Anne Veryard children of my sister Mary 
Veryard deceased. John and Susanna Gary children of my sister Thoma- 
sine Gary deceased. Susanna, Mary and Elizabeth Wotton children of 
my brother Matthew. Thomasine Vergard daughter of my said sister 
Mary Veryard. Mary and Philip Gary children of my said sister Thoma- 
sine Gary. The said houses &c. being the grant of Sir Robert Pye knight. 
Michael Arnold the son of Michael Arnold the elder of Westminster 
brewer. Rebecca, my master Michael Arnold the elder's sister. Mr. 
John Thornell's widow, being my said master's brother in law. Amye 

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Hynes the wife of George Hynes of this parish. Mary Follett my now ser- 
vant. Matthew Wotton the son of my brother Matthew. I do give and 
bequeath unto my brother in law Richard Gary all the right and interest 
that I have in and to that plot of ground called the Pound lot adjoining to 
his now dwelling house. To my master Michael Arundell (sic) the elder's 
wife my book of Martyrs. Juxon, 26. 

Christopher Cary, of Bristol, merchant, 10 September 1672, proved 
28 October 1672. Contract made 19 January 14th of his Majesty's reign 
that now is, between myself and wife Margaret, of the one part, and Jere- 
my Hollwey of Bristol, merchant, and Thomas Sterne, of the same city 
gen 1 , of the other part, to levy a fine &c. of the messuage on the Back at. 
Bristol, the church yard of St. Nicholas on the South side thereof, a little 
lane lying between said house and churchyard. Messuage in St. Stephen's, 
in a place or street commonly called the Key. I dwelling on Stony Hill,. 
St. Michael's, Bristol. My two sons Richard and John. My son in law 
Henry Daniel and his wife. Eure, 118. 

Dame Mary Sergeant, late Phips, relict of Sir William Phipps, 
late of Boston in New England, knight, deceased. Reference to marriage 
contract with present husband, Peter Sergeant Esq., bearing date 24 Sep- 
tember 1701. My honored mother in law Mrs. Mary Howard, widow; 
her son Philip White oweing and indebted to me a considerable sum of 
money, for securing the payment whereof his houseing and lands lying in 
Beverly stand engaged and made over by way of mortgage and are be- 
come forfeit, the time for payment being long since elapsed. My sister 
Mrs. Rebecca Bennett. The Rev a Mr. Increase Mather, the Rev d Mr. Cot- 
ton Mather and my friend Mr. John White. Margaret, wife of Matthew 
Armstrong, and her daughter Mary Armstrong. To Dorcas Salter, wife 
of Eneas Salter jun r , that silver tankard which my son Spencer used at the 
college &c. My adopted son Spencer Phipps als Bennet to be my heir. 
Margaret Armstrong and Dorcas Salter two of my said husband's (Sir 
William Phipps') nieces. My houseing, land and wharf at the North End 
of Boston, called the Salutation, I give to my two nephews David and 
William Bennet. My house at the North end, in the present tenure &c. of 
Samuel Avis, I give to Mary Armstrong. Gift to a free school in the 
North end. Bequests to Benjamin White, Elizabeth Holland, Margaret 
Armstrong and William Bennet. My two sisters in law Mary Bridger 
and Margaret Andrews. Spencer Phipps als Bennet to be executor and, 
during his minority, my friends John Foster and Andrew Belcher esquires 
to be executors. Signed 19 February 1704 and proved 29 January 1706. 

Poley, 16. 

[Dame Mary Sergeant was a daughter of Koger Spencer. She married 1st,. 
John Hull of Boston, not the mint-master; 2d, Sir William Phips, the first 
governor of Massachusetts, under the secontl charter; 3d and lastly, Peter 
Sergeant, whose house was afterwards purchased by the province and known 
as the Province House. He survived his wife. — Editor.] 

[We now continue the abstracts of East Anglian wills]. 

Mathewe Stephens of Colchester, Essex, gen 1 . 2 March 1597, proved 
13 May 1599. Dwelling in the parish of All Saints. Wife Priscilla to 
have all my houses, lands &c. for life if she continue unmarried. House 
called the walnut tree house* A copyhold in Grinstead. Priscilla my 

260 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

daughter. William Stephens my brother. My house and lands at Wy- 
venhoe. Lands and tenements called Stephens in Ardeley and Langham. 
My daughter Elizabeth. Lands aud tenements in Much Horcksley. 
Lands in Lexden. My daughter Martha. My daughter Anne. Lands 
and tenements in Much Holland. My very good uncle John Stephens of 
Ardeley. My tenement called Cole's in Ardeley. My uncle Robert 
Stephens. My said five daughters. I, being one of the executors of the 
last will of Thomas Laurence, lately alderman of Colchester, with Mar- 
tin Bessell, alderman, and William Laurence, make my good friend Sir 
Thomas Lucas my executor for those matters only, he to be bound in such 
manner as my brother Robert Myddleton gen*, shall think meet. Lands 
and tenements called Hunters in Wigborowe and Pelldon. My brother 
Bessell and his wife. My brother John Stephens. My loving friends and 
kinsfolk Mr. Thomas Reynoldes my father in law Mr Myddleton, Mr. 
Northey, Mr. Lobell and my uncles John and Nicholas Stephens. 

Thomas Reynolds, Roberte Middleton and Raphe Northey were among 
the witnesses. Proved for Priscilla Stephens the relict &c, Sir Thomas 
Lucas renouncing &c. 

Proved 13 December 1626 for Elizabeth Gilberd ah Stephens a daugh- 
ter of the deceased, Priscilla Stephens, the relict being dead. 

Kicld, 41. 

Priscilla Stephens of Colchester, Essex, widow, 5 June 1626, proved 
17 March 1626. To be buried in the church of All Saints, Colchester, 
near my husband. My son in law George Gilberd and Elizabeth my daugh- 
ter, his wife. My grandchild Elizabeth Gilbert, his daughter, and her son, 
my great grandchild, George Gilberd the younger. My daughter Buxtone. 
My son and daughter Norfolke. My grandchild Priscilla Cosen at four 
and twenty. John Cosen at one and twenty. William and Thomas Cosen 
at four and twenty. My grandchild and goddaughter Anne Buxtone. My 
grandchildren Thomas and Robert Buxton at four and twenty. My grand- 
child Mary Peeters at one and twenty. My godson Robert Middleton at 
four and twenty. My cousin Samuel Motte's wife and his son William 
Mott my godson. My cousin Robert Mott and his wife. My cousin Shir- 
ley and his wife and Elizabeth Mott the wife of John Langy. Mr. Thomas 
Tatem and his wife. My old cousin Holmes his wife. My son and daugh- 
ter Norfolke to permit and suffer my other children to enjoy all the goods 
and chattells of my late husband deceased without making any claim to the 
same. Legacies to their children. The said George Norfolke. My daugh- 
ter Anne Buxton. I make my cousin William Mott and my cousin Samuel 
Mott executors and my cousin Thomas Mott and my cousin Thomas Holmes 
overseers. If my cousin Mott and and his son Samuel shall refuse to be 
executors then I appoint my daughters Gilberd and Buxtone. Proved by 
William and Samuel Mott. Skynner, 26. 

Sententia was promulgated 19 June 1630 in a cause between Edmund 
Peirce Not. Pub. curator ad lites of Mary Peter a minor, grand daughter 
of the deceased, on the daughters side, and William Mott and Samuel Mott, 
executors of the above will. Scroope, 59. 

Edmond Syborne of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 15 December 1617, 
proved 2 March 1617. To wife Margaret all my houses and lands that I 
bought of Simon Fenn and Roger Barat during her life ; then to son Ed- 
mund, with remainder to son Thomas. To wife all the household stuff that 

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law my scarlet gown and to my mother in law my best ring and to every 
of the sons and daughters of the said Robert Lambart now alive ten shil- 
lings. To my sister Alice Lambart a " selfe-growe " cassock with a gard 
of velvet which was my wife's. To Roger Carter my kinsman ten pounds 
and to Avice Carter his sister five pounds. To Strynger's wife of Burne- 
ham ten pounds. Thomas Upcher, clerk, and Mrs. Upcher. To mine 
uncle Nicholas Clere twenty shillings and to his wife twenty shillings and 
to every of his children now alive ten shillings. Forty shillings each to 
my cousin John Fowle of Leigh and to his son in law John Beane. I do 
give and forgive to my cousin John Fowle of Milton the forty shillings 
which he borrowed of me and for the which he hath delivered unto me the 
deeds of his house. My friend William Cocke of Wyvenhoo. Thomas 
Fowle of Burneham. Others named. The five children of mine uncle 
Lambart now alive at twenty one. The residue to my two sons Robert 
and John, to be equally divided between them and to be paid to each at 
age of twenty two. If both die without lawful issue before they shall 
accomplish such age then I give to and amongst my kinsfolk, Roger Carter, 
Avice Carter, Stringer's wife and Crippe's daughter and their children, two 
hundred pounds and to the poor of Colchester one hundred pounds, to the 
hospital newly begun to be erected one hundred pounds, to the relief of 
poor scholars at Cambridge and Oxford fifty pounds and to the repairing 
and amending of the high ways, the chancel and other decayed places fifty 
pounds. All the rest to be divided into three parts, one of which I give to 
my brother in law John Lambart, the second to my brother in law Richard 
Lambart and the third to my brother in law Thomas Lambart. My said 
three brothers in law to be executors and father in law Robert Lambart, 
Thomas Upcher, William Cocke and uncle Nicholas Clere supervisors. 

Daper, 17. 

The will nuncupative of John Sharman of Dedham. He " geve " unto 
his brother in law William Pettfylld twenty pounds, unto his brother in 
law Nycollas Fynce forty shillings, unto his brother Robart Sharman 
twenty shillings, unto Mr. Edmond Chapman, preacher, twenty shillings, 
unto my mother my mare, unto William Ballden's son and to Hassele's 
"sonn" my "coult" to be "sould" and parted " betwene " them. "I 
geve unto my father a lytell bollocke." To my brother Robart my apparell 
and a chest. 

Witness, Rychard Clarke and Henry Sharman the " yonger." 

Com. of London for Essex and Herts. 

File for 1576, N° 49. 

John Wood of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 8 March 19 th Elizabeth, proved 
2 April 1577. To eldest son Richard my tenement and grounds called 
Stevens in Dedham and twenty acres called Dawes and Bronieleye in Law- 
ford, Essex. My houses and lands in Carsey and Lynseye, Suffolk, both 
free and copy, to be sold within four years and the money divided between 
my two sons Henry and George Woodd, part and part alike, to be paid at 
their several ages of twenty and five years. To wife Mary my tenement 
called Fidgewelis, with all the grounds, being about ten acres, in Dedham, 
and all my lands called Foxes Pightells in Lawford, an acre of free hold 
meadow in Stratford, holden of Sir John Syllyard, and one free meadow in 
Stratford holden of the P^arl of Oxenford and three Roodes of free meadow 
holden of Stratford Hall and one acre of copyhold meadow in Stratford 

280 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

holden of the said Sir John Sylliard, to have and to hold the above-said 
premisses during the time of her natural life; and after that to my son 
Robert, provided that if my said son Robert at the death of his mother be 
not then of the full age of twenty and five years, the above premises to be 
let and the rent &c. to be equally divided betwixt all the rest of my chil- 
dren then living until the said Robert do accomplish his said age. And if 
Robert die before that then these lands &c. shall be and remain unto my 
son John. If both die then to my two daughters Frances Woodd and Mary 
Woodd. To my son John my farm house &c. with lands &c. in Starth- 
ford in the Co. of Hertford, he to enter at twenty-five. If Richard (sic) 
die before that my son Henry shall have all the said lands &c, next my 
son George. To wife Mary my little meadow called Crab tree meadow in 
Stratford, Suffolk, for life, paying to the churchwardens of Dedham for the 
poor there twenty shillings at two several terms in the year. After her 
decease the Governors of the Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth 
in Dedham shall have the meadow for ever, paying yearly the said twenty 
shillings &c. To daughter Mary my warehouse or salt house in Harwich 
(at twenty one), remainder to daughter Frances. To the latter ten pounds 
at twenty one. If my said son Richard shall go about to trouble or other- 
wise deal with Mary my wife and Henry Sherman, my only executors, to 
the intent that this my last will and testament cannot nor may not take 
effect then I will that the said Richard shall take no benefit of any of my 
lands &c. unto him bequeathed. And the said Richard shall suffer my wife 
to carry away all such goods &c. as I have given unto her. To my brother 
Thomas Wood ten shillings. My wife Mary and my cousin Henry Shar- 
man the younger of Dedham, clothier, to be my executors, aud to my said 
cousin Henry Sherman, over and besides his ordinary charges about this 
my last will &c, I give three pounds. I make John Lucas of Manyngtree 
my supervisor, bequeathing him twenty shillings. Among the witnesses 
was Henry Sherman the elder (by mark). Daughtry, 12. 

Nicholas Clere of the parish of St. James, Colchester, Essex, clothier 
and one of the alderman of the same town, 24 February 1578, proved 9 June 
1579. I do will and require mine cousin Mr. Challenor to preach in 
the said parish church of St. James four sermons for me. To the poor of 
the town. To wife Anne Clere my head tenement in St. James wherein I 
now do dwell (and other property) to hold for life, and then to my son 
Nicholas. A certain lease of land back of my head tenement, called Mary 
Land, by lease from the late Abbot of St. John's, confirmed by the Queen's 
Highness, I give to my wife for life, then to my son Nicholas. Certain 
property to son Thomas at age of twenty one. Property in Ballingdon, 
Essex, near adjoining to the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, to son William at 
age of twenty one. Lands in Haberton and groves of wood in Grynsted 
and Wivenho to wife to enjoy the rents for her own use &c. and for and 
towards the education and bringing up of my children. To said wife the 
tenement in St. James, Colchester, which I late bought of my brother 
Benjamin Clere and wherein one Joice, a stranger, now inhabiteth, to hold 
for life and then to son Nicholas. To my said son Nicholas forty pounds 
of good and lawful money, my best silver salt, one goblet of silver and 
twelve silver spoons marked in the tops with the letters N. and C, to be 
paid and delivered when he shall accomplish his age of twenty one years. 
To William forty pounds &c. The same to Thomas. To my daughter 
Mary Clere forty pounds at twenty one or day of marriage. To my daugh- 

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ter Anne Clere forty pounds at twenty one or day or marriage. The same 
to daughter Jane Clere. To my son in law Thomas Hasilwood my best 
gelding. To my daughter in law Anne Read one bullock of the age of 
two years. My daughter in law Margaret Hasilwood and my daughter in 
law Elizabeth Hasilwood. My cousin John Clere and my cousin Benjamin 
Clere. Wife Anne to be sole executrix and brother Benjamin Clere the 
elder supervisor. 

Nicholas Challoner and Thomas Crosse two of the witnesses. 

Bakon, 25. 

Hf:nry Reignoldes of Little Belsteade, Suffolk, Esq. 9 August 27 
Elizabeth, with a codicil bearing date 22 September 1585, proved 13 Oc- 
tober 1587. To be buried on the North side of the chauncel of the parish 
church of Little Belstead. Gravestones to be laid over bodies of Anne my 
late wife and Christopher Goldingham her former husband. Another over 
body of my father Robert Reignoldes in chancel of South side of church of 
East Bergholt. Another over body of my first wife in church of Much 
Ocle (Oakley). The poor of Ipswich and of East Bergholt. To wife Eliz- 
abeth. Son Henry at one and twenty. My cousin Francis Reignolde of 
in Norfolk. His son Thomas Reignolde. William Goldingham, Doc- 
tor of Law. Henry Reignolde, one of the sons of my brother Edward, and 
Robert, Christopher and Francis, his brothers. Henry Goldingham. Jonas 
Goldingham. Conditional bequest for endowment of almshouses in Ipswich. 
Niece Anne Reignoldes and her brothers and sisters of the whole blood. 
The children of my late sister Browne deceased. Niece Anne Reig- 
nolde referred to as one of the daughters of brother Edward. I give to 
Rose and Mary Browne thirty pounds each and to William Warner their 
brother forty pounds and to Thomas Warner their brother ten pounds, 
and to Francis Browne five pounds and also to my cousin Sherman of 
Colchester five pounds. My brother Philip Reignolde. William Golding- 
ham, Doctor of Law, and Henry and Jonas his brethren and Hansarde 
Aldeham their sister. Each of the children of my cousin Francis Reig- 
nolde. My cousin Richard Kempe and his wife. My brother Edward Withi- 
poll, Peter Withipoll and Benjamin Withipoll. My loving friends Mr. Ed- 
ward Grimstone the elder and Mr. Edward Grimstone the younger, my 
cousin Thomas Kempe, Mr. Humphrey Sackforde, my cousin Walker, my 
brother Paul Withipoll his wife, my brother Wolverstone, my nephew 
Veasie of Burstall and Mr. Richard Newman (rings). My sister Frances 
Withipoll. John Warner of Ipswich. William Goldingham Doctor of Law 

to be sole executor and friends William Plumbe P^sq., cousin Davison 

and Edward Grimston the younger, esquires, and Ralphe Scrivenour gent 1 
supervisors. Robert Sherman one of the witnesses both to will and codi- 
cil. In the codicil reference to bequest made in above will to niece Rose 
Browne and her sister Mary the wife of Heriche of Chelmsford. These 
legacies already paid. Spencer, 61. 

Henry Shearman the elder of Colchester Essex, (by mark) 20 Janu- 
ary 1589, with a codicil, proved 25 July 1590. To be buried in the parish 
church of Dedham. To Doctor Chapman the preacher of Dedharn six 
pounds. To Mr. Parker forty shillings. To the poor of Dedham twenty 
pounds, to be a continual stock for the poor to the world's end, and 
it shall be ordered at the discretion of the Governors of the Free School 
of Dedham. To Henry Shearman my son my shearman's craft to him and 
vol. l. 21 

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his heirs forever and all the household (stuff) in his house. To my son 
Henry's children, that is to say, Henry, Samuel, Daniel, John, Ezechiell, 
Phebe, Nathaniel and Anne Shearman, to each of them five pounds apiece, to 
the sons at two and twenty and the daughters at one and twenty. To my son 
Edmonde Shearman ten pounds. To Edmonde Shearman, the son of my 
son Edmonde, thirteen pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence at two and 
twenty, and if he die before then to be divided between Richard, Bezaliell 
and Anne Shearman, the children of my son Edmonde. I will and bequeath 
to Richard, Bezaliell, Anne and Sara Shearman, the children of my son Ed- 
monde, forty shillings apiece, to the sons at two and twenty the daughters at 
one and twenty. To my son in law William Petfield twenty pounds and to 
his three children, Richard, Susan and Elizabeth Petfield, six pounds thir- 
teen shillings four pence each (at ages as above). Margerye my wife shall 
have all my broom wood and logs which I have at my departure and twenty 
shillings of money and that twelve pounds due unto me from Tendring if my 
executors can recover it of him. She shall have her dwelling for two years 
in that part of the house wherein we do now dwell, that is in the lower 
parlour and the two chambers next Mr. Rudd's and part of the backhouse 
if my son Robert do enjoy the house. But if it be redeemed and be do not 
enjoy it then I will that my son Robert shall pay unto Margery my wife 
four pounds for two years' dwelling. To my wife my tipped pot, term of 
her life, and then to my daughter Judith. To my son Robert three score 
pounds, the which I gave for the state of the house wherein I now dwell, 
which was lately Richard King's, beer brewer, of Colchester. Other real 
estate to Robert. To Jane and Anne Shearman, daughters of Robert, five 
pounds apiece (at one and twenty). To Robert all the household stuff 
which I had before I married Margery, my wife. To him also my silver and 
gilt goblet, a sword and bill &c. To my daughter Judith Petfield the chest 
and linen upon the " soller." To my son in law Nicholas Fynce forty shil- 
lings. To my son Henry Sherman twelve silver spoons. The poor of All 
Hallows. To Henry my son all my armour except that which I gave to 
my son Robert. Other bequests to children. To Christopher Stone a cloth 
doublet. To each of my sons, Edmond, Henry and Robert, twenty shil- 
lings in gold and to each of their wives twenty shillings in gold, and to daugh- 
ter Judith the same. My sons Henry and Edmond to be executors. 

Drury, 51. 

Thomas Clere of Colchester, Essex, clothier, 11 January 1594 (pro- 
bate not given). The house I now dwell in, lying in the parish of St. 
James, Colchester, shall be sold to the most advantage and the money that 
shall arise thereof shall be given as followeth. To my loving mother Ann 
Clere ten pounds. To my brother Haselwood ten pounds. To my brother 
Lewis ten pounds. I give unto my mother ten pounds to be employed to 
the best advantage and benefit for my sister Elizabeth Westones mainten- 
ance. To my brother Nicholas Clere twenty pounds. To my brother 
Woodes seven sons forty shillings to either of them, that is to say, Richard 
Wood, Nicolas Woode, John Wood, Samuel Wood, Daniel Wood, GrifFyne 
Woode and Joseph Wood, and every of them to be paid when he shall ac- 
complish his age of one and twenty years. 

Item, I do give and bequeath unto my brother Sherman's four children 
which he had by my sister Anne the like sum of forty shillings to either of 
them, that is to say to Sara Shermane forty shillings, to Ane Shermane 
forty shillings, to Susane Shermane forty shillings and to Samuel Shermane 

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forty shillings, to be paid by my executor, or by his executors or administra- 
tors, when they and every of them shall accomplish their several ages of 
one and twenty years, or at the day of marriage, which of them shall first 

To my brother Thurstone's three sons the like sum, i. e. to Thomas, John 
and Edmund Thurstone forty shillings apiece, at their several ages of one 
and twenty, and to Mary Thurstone, his daughter, the like sum at one and 
twenty or day of marriage. Lands in Ballingdon, Essex, near adjoining to 
the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, given unto me by my father, Nicholas Clere, 
to be sold to the most advantage and the money arising thence to be equally 
divided among my four sisters' children, i. e. my sister Reade's children, 
Elizabeth, Anne and Nicholas Reade, my sister Elizabeth Weston's children, 
Theophilus, Jone, Elizabeth, Anne and Nathaniel Weston, my sister Anne 
Shereman's children (name as above) and my sister Jane Thurstone's child- 
ren (name as above). Brother Nicholas Clere to be my sole executor. 

Thomas Thurston and Thomas Cross among the witnesses. 

Original will N°. 40 in Bundle Lawrance, 

Arch. Colchester. 

Edmond Sherman of Dedham, Essex, clothier, signed 1 August 1599, 
with a codicil made 20 December 1600, proved the last day of April 1601. 
To wife Anne my house and tenement and all the meadow and lands which 
I do now occupy and dwell in, for her natural life. I give her my wood- 
house and hopyard annexed which I lately bought of John Upcher, 
for term of her natural life, and five acres, parcel of the land which I 
bought of John Webb (and plate and household stuff and cows and 
horses and grain &c). To son Edmond, after decease of my wife all the 
houses and lands before given to said wife and a house and seven acres 
called Ryes, where he now dwells, and my sherman's occupation. To son 
Richard fifty pounds at four and twenty. Similar bequests to sons Bezaliell, 
Samuel, John and Benjamin. To my eldest daughter Anne Sherman fifty 
pounds at one and twenty. A similar bequest to daughter Sarah. I give to 
Hanna my daughter which I had by Anne my second wife fifty pounds at 
one and twenty. The same sum each to daughters Susan and Mary at simi- 
lar ages. To sister Judith Pettfield the tenement wherein Edmond Browne 
the taylor now dv^elleth, term of her life. My house at the church gate, 
my house that Robert Finch now dwelleth in (and other lands &c.) shall be 
sold within six months of my decease by my brother Henry Sherman and 
my kinsman Symon Fenne, clothier, of Dedham. Certain other houses 
and lands to be let until my youngest daughter Mary come unto the age of 
twenty years, or the term of twenty years after the date of this my will 
shall be expired. I do then give to John my sou (certain portions) and to 
sons Benjamin and Samuel (certain other portions). After my wife's death 
I give to Bezaliell my son my tenement called Ryes, now in occupation of 
son Edmond, on condition he pay to my son Richard, within one year of his 
entry and possession of the same, the sum of fifty pounds. If Bezaliell die &c. 
then to Richard. After my sister's death I give the field and tenement, be- 
fore given unto her during life, unto the Governors of the Public Grammar 
School in Dedham, to be improved for a dwelling house for a schoolmaster 
that shall teach children to read and writing, which said schoolmaster shall 
freely teach one poor child which shall be from time to time appointed uuto 
him by my son Edmond and after him by his heirs forever. To wife Anne 
all my malt. To Sarah, Hanna the daughter of Anne my second wife, Susan, 

284 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

Samuel and John, my children, twenty shillings apiece which was bestowed 
upon them by their grandmother Cleere. To John Elmes my kinsman ten 
shillings. Others (servants &c.) Wife Anne to be executrix and Mr. D r . 
Chapman and my brother in law Robert Lewys to be supervisors. 

Wit: Robert Lewis, Henry Sherman and William Cole. 

(Codicil) To eldest daughter Anne Sherman and son Bezaliell and 
daughter Sarah, each forty shillings which their grandfather Sherman gave 
them, to be paid them at the ages mentioned in his will. 

Woodhall, 24 

Robert Sherman of London, " Doctor in Phissick," 10 January. — 
All my goods, debts and else whatsoever I in this life enjoy (my lands ex- 
cepted) I will shall be duely and rightly valued and apprized and sold and 
the same to be equally divided into three equal parts, one part whereof I 
will shall remain to the discharge of my debts and funeral charges, another 
I freely give unto my well beloved wife Bridget Sherman, the third I will 
and give shall remain to be divided by my executors amongst four of my 
children, Jane, Mary, Anne and Robert. And if there shall any surplus 
remain of my third left to my executors I will it shall be equally divided 
to my said four children. More I will my freehold land shall remain 
wholly to my loving wife during her natural life, not doing any manner of 
waste upon the house and lands, and that my son Richard shall have and 
enjoy all the said lands, copy and free, to him and his heirs forever (with 
remainder to son Robert and lastly to my three daughters, Jane having 6 lb 
more in value than the other two. My executors to be my loving brother 
Henry Sherman and loving friend Roger Gwynn. 

Proved 20 January 1602 (Stilo Angliae) by Roger Gwynn, one of the 
executors, power reserved for granting similar commission to Henry Sher- 
man, the other. 

Commissary C l of London vol. 19, fol. 318. 

In the Act Book testator is described as lately of the parish of St. Ste- 
phen Coleman Street. 

Anne Sherman of Dedham, Essex, widow, 3 August 1609, proved 12 
January 1609. To John, my son, at twenty one, my house and land that 
the widow Fence hath now in occupation. The rents &c. of the said house 
and land, until then, shall be equally divided between Samuel Sherman, 
my son, and the aforesaid John Sherman. All my goods, plate, household 
stuff &c. shall be to the payment of my debts and my late husband's lega- 
cies. The remainder (my funeral expenses discharged) I will shall be 
equally divided amongst my seven children, viz fc Samuel, John and Benja- 
min Sherman, Sara Warner, Anna Sherman, Susan Sherman and Mary 
Sherman at the several ages of twenty one years. I will that mine execu- 
tors shall see my six children which are yet under age well and faithfully 
brought up until the}' shall accomplish their several ages aforesaid. I do 
make, ordain and appoint my loving brother Nicholas Clarr of Colchester 
and my son in law Thomas Warner my executors and I give to either of 
them forty shillings. And I do intreat my loving brother Mr. Thomas 
Haslewood and my brother Mr. Robert Lewes to be overseers. I give 
either of them ten shillings. 

Wit: John Rogers, Thomas Thurston, W 7 illiam Cole. 

Wingfield, 9. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England. 285 

Simon Fenn of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 16 January 1609, with a codi- 
cil, proved 11 May 1610. To wife Phebe my messuage &c. commonly 
called Sowthowse, wherein I dwell, lying in Dedham, to hold for life. 
After her decease I give the said messuage &c. to my son Henry Fenn. 
To wife my meadow called Mill Fenn in Stratford, Suffolk, for life and 
afterwards to son Henry, he paying five pounds yearly to my son John 
Fenn. To said Henry my part of the wood in Langham, Essex, which 
George Cole and I bought of William Thedham. To son Clement all my 
right, title, &c. in a tenement and twelve acres of ground called Randes in 
Dedham (and other lands and tenements) he to enter at four and twenty. 
To son Samuel my tenement wherein Henry Cartwright now dvvelleth, in 
Dedham (and other lands &c.) at four and twenty. I give him also my 
free lands in Bramford, Suffolk, My cousin Samuel Salmon shall surren- 
der eight acres in Bramford &c. To son John my tenement in Little Clack- 
ton &c. at twenty-four. Provision made for wife. My daughter Susan 
Salmon. My daughters Phebe, Anne, Mary and Martha Fenn at one and 
twenty. My executors shall upon good security lend unto Daniel Sher- 
man fifty pounds and to Nathaniel, Ezechiell, John and Edmond Sherman, 
my brethren in law, to each of them of like security ten pounds. To Mr. 
John Rogers preacher of the Word of God in Dedham ten pounds, to his 
son Daniel Rogers, my godson, forty shillings at one and twenty, and if he 
happen to die before that to the rest of his brothers and sisters. To Mr. 
Henry Sage vicar of Dedham. The Free Grammar School &c. Mr. 
Bedell minister of Wolverston. Mrs. Dowe of Stratford. Francis, wife 
of Candishe, my sister. My brother Clement Fenn late of Clacton de- 
ceased, his children, Clement, Symon, John, Helen and Susan Fenn, at 
twenty one. My brother George. John Fenn, son of my brother Thomas 
deceased (late of Stratford), and his sister Margery. Thomas Revell my 
sister's son, and Rose his sister. My sister White. I give to John Stan- 
ton of Dedham the third part of the occupation which I bought of Pexall 
remaining in his hands. Sundry servants and others. The residue to wife 
Phebe to pay ray debts and legacies and fulfill this will, whom, together 
with my brother Henry Sherman and my son Robert Salmon, I make my 
executors. I give the said Henry and Robert three pounds apiece. And 
I nominate the aforesaid Mr. Rogers, Henry Sherman my father in law 
and Samuel Sherman my brother the overseers of this will. 

Anthony Whitinge one of the witnesses. Wingfield, 43. 

Henry Sherman the elder of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 21 August 1610, 
proved 8 September 1610. To Susan my wife my house wherein I now 
dwell and the lands, with the " Oadehouse " &c. belonging, holden of the 
manor of Dedham Hall, by estimation twelve acres, which I had of the 
surrender of my father. The above to her for life and then to my son 
Henry. Other bequests to wife and son Henry, including a bed and bed- 
stead in the parlor, a cubboard in the parlor and two chests in the same 
place, the one a Danske chest and the other a joined chest. To son Na- 
thaniel Sherman the house wherein William King now dwelleth, with lands 
belonging, called Scott's, by estimation five acres, he to pay to my son 
Daniel Sherman ten pounds in two years. I give Nathaniel my broad 
loom, now in occupation of John Orris of Lawford, with the furniture be- 
longing. To John and Ezeckiell Sherman my sons all those my lands 
whichwere late Doctor Sherman's, called the Ileckell and golding acre, to 

286 Genealogical Gleanings in England. [April, 

be equally divided betwixt them. Other lands to these two (severally). 
To son Edmund garlick field and Ardley lands and Boreman's acre. Refer- 
ence to cousin Edmund Gallaway. To Henry Fenn son of Simon Fenn 
five pounds. To Mr. Rogers, preacher of Dedham, eight pounds. The 
poor of Dedham. Phebe Fenne my daughter. My son in law Symon 
Fenne deceased. My daughters in law, each of them. Anna Petfield 
daughter of William Petfield. To Anne Sherman, my brother Dr. Sher- 
man's daughter, five pounds which was the gift of her grandfather at her 
full age of two and twenty years ; it was once before paid into her father's 
hands, yet fearing that she should be voyd of it for want of provision on 
his part I will that it be paid as aforesaid. Gilbert Hills my brother in 
law. My brother Lawrence of Esthorpe. Others named. I will that 
George Cole the elder, William Cole, Edmund Sherman and John Pye 
shall indifferently divide my goods unbequeathed betwixt my children. I 
make Susan my wife sole executrix and I give her my part of the lease of 
the Rayes. 1 appoint my cousin Edmund Gallaway, clerk, the supervisor 
of this my will and for his pains he shall have twenty shillings. 

Proved, as above, by George Cole, notary public, on behalf of Susan the 
relict of the deceased. 

Admon. de bonis non was granted 12 September 1610 to Henry Sher- 
man the younger, natural and lawful and eldest son of the deceased and 
executor also of Susan Sherman deceased &c. 

Consistory C* of London. 

Book Hamer (N° 7) leaves 33-36. 

Susan Sherman of Dedham, Essex, widow, 31 August 1610, proved 12 
September 1610. I give unto Harry Sherman my son my silver and gilt 
salt and my best tapestry covering. To Samuel Sherman my son my six 
silver spoons which my husband gave me, marked E and S (and certain bed- 
ding). To Daniel Sherman my son twenty pounds in money and four of my 
eight beasts which my husband gave me and are marked out for my use. 
To Nathaniel Sherman my son twenty pounds. To John Sherman my son 
my cubbord standing in the parlour. To Ezekiel Sherman my son ten 
pounds and my new silver cup. To Edmund Shearman my son ten pounds 
(and bed &c. in the parlor). To Phebe Fenne my daughter my least sil- 
ver cup (and other articles). To Anne Whighting my daughter my Danske 
chest in the parlor (and other articles). Son Daniel's wife. Son Nathaniel's 
wife. Robert Salmon's son, my great grandchild. Mary Sherman, my son 
Samuel's daughter. To Susan Sherman, my son Daniel's daughter, my 
leaved table in the parlor. My brother Gilber Hilles. To Mr. Rogers my 
black mare. Susan Galloway daughter of my cousin Edmund Galloway. 
My son Henry to be sole executor and for his pains I give him the lease of 
the Rayes given me by my husband. 

Wit : Edmunde Gallowaye, John Pye. 

Consistory C fc . of London 

Book Hamer (N° 7) Leaf 13. 

Tobias Maktn of Fingringhoe Essex yeoman, 14 May 1610, proved 10 
September 1610. Wife Katherine to have my lands &c. (described) for 
life, she to bring up my children and also to pay unto Grace Sherman, my 
daughter, ten pounds and to John Makin the elder, my son, ten pounds. 

1896.] Genealogical Gleanings in England, 287 

After the decease of my wife my son John Makin the younger to have the 
lands &c. and to pay Joane and Rebecca, my daughters, five pounds apiece 
and to John Makin, my eldest son, twenty pounds and to Grace Sherman, 
my daughter, ten pounds &c. If said son John die before entering to be seized 
of the land it shall remain &c. to Thomas, my youngest son, upon same 
conditions. If he die &c. then to Samuel my son. Certain house and land 
to wife for life, then to son Westbroome Makin, who shall pay to my son 
Thomas thirty pounds. If Westbroome die then it shall remain to son Ro- 
bert and if he die then to Thomas. Other bequests to his children (includ- 
ing a son Tobias). Reference to " my three daughters naturall." To Eliza- 
beth Potter, my grandchild, at twenty one years of age, five pounds of law- 
ful English money. The same to Richard Sherman, the son of Edmund Sher- 
man, at twenty one. To Richard Weald, the son of Richard Weald of Kyrbie, 
my kinsman, live pounds at twenty one. To Thomas Weald, the son of 
Thomas Weald deceased, six shillings eight pence in one year. To John 
Wealde,son of John Weald the younger, six shillings eight pence at twenty 
one. To Mary Payne a bullock. To Bridget Bury a lamb. Residue to wife 
Katherine whom I make executrix. And I ordain Thomas Whiting the su- 

Thomas Whiteing one of the witnesses. 

Book Hamer (as above) Leaves 45-48. 

Nicholas Cleere (by mark) one of the aldermen of the town of Colches- 
ter, 15 March 1611. Wife Susan. Daughter Susan Cleere. Younger 
daughter Anna Cleere. My well beloved brethren Master Thomas Hasle- 
wood, and Master Thomas Thurston to be my executors. 

Proved 25 May 1612 by Thomas Thurston and 28 May 1612 by Thomas 
Haslewood. Fenner, 46. 

Nathaniel Sherman of Dedham, Essex, clothier, 13 January 1615 
(date of probate not given). To son Nathaniel forty pounds to remain in 
the hands of my brother in law John Ainger till my son Nathaniel shall ac- 
complish the age of two and twenty years; he to give bonds to my brothers 
Henry and Samuel Sherman for the payment of the said sum of forty 
pounds. To my two children Joseph and Elizabeth twenty pounds each. 
The residue to my wife Priscilla. 

Com. of London for Essex and Herts. 

File for 1615 &c. 

Robert Lewis, minister of the Word of God and parson of Rash- 
brooke Suffolk, 9 January 1615, proved 23 April 1618. The poor of the 
parish of St. Mary's in Bury St. Edmund and the inhabitants of the same 
parish, I having " binne" sometimes a preacher of the Word of God unto 
them. My body to be buried (there) as near unto the body of my dear and 
faithful brother Mr. George Estey as conveniently may be. My loving bro- 
ther Mr. James Wallis, minister &c. at Stowe Lanthorne, Suffolk. My 
loving brother Mr. Ward, parson of Lyvermeere. My loving brother Mr. 
Bedell, preacher &c. at Bury. My loving brother Mr. Helye, preacher like- 
wise at Bury. My loving brother Mr. Wolfenden, parson of little Wheltam. 
My true and faithful wife Mary Lewis the daughter of Mr. Nicholas Cleere, 
alderman of Colchester deceased. My loving brethren in the law Mr. 
Thomas Haselwoode and Mr. Thomas Thurstone, aldermen of Colchester. 

Meade, 28. 

288 Genealogical Gleanings in England, [April. 

Beazaltell Sherman of Ipswich, Suffolk, grocer, 7 October 16 th James, 
proved 3 December 1618. To Joane Sherman, daughter of my brother Ed- 
mond Sherman, forty pounds at the age of four and twenty years. To John 
Sherman, son of my said brother, twenty pounds at same age. Mary Colman 
now my servant. George Bloldroe now my servant. Erasmus Bushells now 
my servant. Mr. Chapline father of my servant Henry Chapline. To my 
loving wife all my plate and household stuff. To her the house wherein I 
dwell, for life, and after her decease I give it to my son John and his heirs. 
One half of my goods shall remain and be unto my said wife and the other 
half be equally divided betwixt my children, and if my wife be with 
child such child to have a portion with the other two, at the age of two and 
twenty years, that is to say, to my son at his age of twenty four and to my 
daughter at her age of twenty one. To the poor of the town of Dedham 
five marks and the same to the poor of Ipswich. To the library of this town 
a book called Speede's chronicle. Thomas Cooke my servant. I make my 
loving wife and her father, Doctor Burges, executors. 

Wit : El. Dunkon, Edmund Sherman, Henry Buckenham, Joseph 
Parckhurst, Richard Naser. 

Proved (as above) by Priscilla Sherman, the relict of the deceased and 
John Burges S. T. P., executors named in the will. Meade, 125. 

Mary Sherman, wife of Bezaleel Sherman, was buried 11 February 1613. 
Ursula, daughter of Bezaleel Sherman, baptized 30 April 1615. John 
Sherman, son of Bezalleel Sherman, baptized 4 May 1617. Bezaleel Sher- 
man was buried 9 October 1618. 

Register of St. Lawrence Parish, Ipswich. 

Thomas Haslewood of Colchester, Essex, merchant, 7 May 1619, with 
a codicil added 9 May 1619, proved 7 June 1619. The poor of St. James, Col- 
chester, of All Saints, Sudbury, and of the Hamlet of Ballington near Sud- 
bury. Mr. Samuel Cricke. Mr. Saundes preacher &c. in Boxford. The child- 
ren of John Haslewood late of Sudbury deceased. My kinsman Nicholas 
Reade and his children. To my sister Mary Lewis part of my messuage in All 
Saints, Colchester, for life, providing that she dwell in the same. To my 
kinswoman Anna Weston another part of the said messuage, for life. The 
remainder to my kinsman Thomas Haslewood. The children of my brother 
Thurston which he had by my sister Jane Cleere. My two kinsmen Daniel 
and Samuel Wood. Susan and Anna Cleere the daughters of my brother 
Nicholas Cleere. To my kinsman Theophilus Weston all that my third part 
of the ship called the Hopewell, now riding in the River of Colne. My kins- 
man Nathaniel Weston. My kinswoman Elizabeth Weston. My kinsman 
Richard Wood. Ten pounds apiece to my kinsman Samuel Sherman, to the 
wife of my kinsman Thomas Warner, to the wife of my kinsman Richard 
Bacler, to my kinsman Benjamin Sherman, my kinsman John Sherman and 
my kinswoman Mary Sherman. Mary Mathewe the daughter of Benjamin 
Mathewe. The town of Colchester and the Company of Bay makers there. 
My loving friend Nathaniel Northie. My messuages, lands &c. in Boxford. 
My messuage in St. Buttolph's, Colchester. Lands &c. in Copford and Stan- 
away, Essex. Kinsmen Thomas Warner and Theophilus Weston executors. 
My son in law Nathaniel Claise (and Clayse). Tenement late my brother 
Nicholas Cleere's in St. James, Colchester. Parker, 61. 

Record of sentence in the case of the above will may be found Parker, 103. 

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VOL. L. 22 




JULY, 1896. 


By the Rev. George M. Adams, D.D., of Auburndale, Mass. 

Charles Carleton Coffin, A.M., was descended, as are most 
of the Coffins of this country, from Tristram Coffin, who came from 
Brixton, near Plymouth, England, to Massachusetts, in 1642, with 
his widowed mother, Joanna Thember Coffin, and his sisters Mary 
and Eunice. He settled at Newbury, where he built a house and 
remained till 1660, when he removed to Nantucket and died there 
in 1681, leaving five sons. 

Captain Peter Coffin, a descendant of Tristram, and the grandfather 
of Charles Carleton, removed in 1769 from Newbury to Boscawen, 
New Hampshire, where he was prominent in public affairs, especially 
in energetic resistance to the oppression of the mother country. He 
fought at the battle of Bennington. His wife, Rebecca (Hassel- 
tine) Coffin, shared his patriotic spirit. In July, 1777, all the 
able-bodied men of Boscawen hastened with General Stark to defeat 
Burgoyne. There were two soldiers who had no shirts to wear. 
Mrs. Coffin cut an unfinished web from the loom and sat up all 
night to make the shirts. Then, when the wheat was ready for the 
sickle, mounting the mare she rode six miles through the forest, with 
her babe in her arms, to find a boy of fourteen to reap the wheat, 
while she laid the child in the shade of a tree and bound the sheaves. 
If the idea of heredity is of value, it is not surprising that she had 
a grandson who was, in a marked degree, both energetic and patriotic. 
The babe under the tree was Thomas Coffin, born ten days after 
the making of the soldiers' shirts. He married Hannah Kilborn, 
daughter of Deacon Eliphalet Kilborn of Boscawen. 

The youngest of their nine children — Charles Carleton Coffin — 
was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire, July 26, 1823. His boyhood 
vol. l. 22 

290 Charles Carleton Coffin. [July, 

was passed on the farm, with early rising and hard labor. His edu- 
cation was in the district school, with a few terms at Boscawen Aca- 
demy and Pembroke Academy. But a decided taste for reading 
was doubtless of more value to him than the schools. He read 
Milton's "Paradise Lost" before he was eleven years old, and the 
essays of the " Federalist " before he was fourteen. The account of 
Lewis and Clark's Expedition beyond the Rocky Mountains was one 
of his favorites, which he read repeatedly. All that the little circu- 
lating library of the town had to offer in the way of Indian wars, 
Pilgrim History and stories of the Revolution, he perused again and 
again. When he was thirteen years old the boys of Boscawen 
formed a military company and chose him captain. He drilled them 
so thoroughly as to win the admiration of their elders. He had a 
great longing for a college education, but the partial failure of his 
health made it unwise to attempt it. Then he turned to surveying, 
obtained a surveyor's compass and made himself familiar with the 
elements of the business. A year or two later the Northern Rail- 
road was chartered, and he found employment as chainman, and three 
days after was promoted to the charge of the surveying party. He 
says of it : " My smattering of land surveying was bringing forth 
fruit." This was in August, 1845. In the autumn of the same 
year, while at the head of a party making surveys for the Concord 
and Portsmouth Railroad, he received a wound from a glancing axe, 
which produced a slight permanent lameness and disqualified him 
for military service. 

Feb. 18, 1846, he married Sallie Russell Farmer, daughter of 
Colonel John Farmer of Boscawen. The day and night work of 
the leader of a surveying party at length told upon his health, and 
he resigned the position and engaged in the lumber trade. This 
proved somewhat profitable, and, wishing for a home, he purchased 
a farm in West Boscawen and began housekeeping in November, 
1846. In 1851 he constructed the telegraph line from Cambridge 
Observatory to Boston, by which uniform time was given to the 
Massachusetts railroads. During the following winter and spring 
he set up the Telegraphic Fire Alarm in Boston, under the direction 
of his brother-in-law, Professor Moses G. Farmer. Id connection 
with Professor Farmer he had taken out a patent for a contrivance 
connected with the electrical battery, which proved to be valuable 
and was sold, Mr. Coffin receiving for his share two thousand dol- 
lars. The possession of such a sum of money encouraged him to 
strike out for a new home in the vicinity of Boston, and he rented 
a house in Maiden for one hundred dollars a year. 

He had been, for a few years, writing for the newspapers occa- 
sional articles, both in prose and in poetry. The favor with which 
those were received drew him more and more toward literary and 
editorial work. His first engagement in Boston was as assistant 
editor of the Practical Farmer, a weekly agricultural paper. He 

1896.] Charles Carleton Coffin. 291 

became an intimate friend of James A. Dix, editor of the Boston 
Journal, and spent many odd hours in the office, writing short edi- 
torials and reporting meetings without pay, to educate himself. He 
analyzed the speeches of Webster, Erskine, Brougham and Burke, 
for the cultivation of a concise and forcible style. It was the period 
of white heat in the anti-slavery struggle. He listened to the lead- 
ing speakers of New England on this question, and may well have 
caught from their impassioned words vigor and keenness of utter- 
ance. In 1856 and 1857 he was connected with the editorial work 
of the Daily Atlas, the organ of the anti-slavery wing of the Whig 
party, and of the Atlas and Bee. In 1858 he came into a connec- 
tion with the Boston Journal, which was to continue, in one form 
or another, for many years. His first duties were those of reporter 
and correspondent. He was sent to Canada in connection with the 
visit of the Prince of Wales, and wrote daily letters to the Journal. 
He attended the festivities at the opening of more than one of the 
great western railroads, meeting many public men. In 1860 he 
was present at the convention in Baltimore which named Bell and 
Everett as candidates for President and Vice-President, and at the 
Chicago convention which nominated Lincoln. He went to Spring- 
field with the committee which bore to Mr. Lincoln the official no- 
tice of his nomination, and made the acquaintance of the coming 
President. The following winter he became night editor of the 
Journal. Those were the last months of President Buchanan's ad- 
ministration. It was an exciting period in public affairs. The 
Southern States were, one after another, seceding from the Union. 
The North was slowly waking up to the seriousness of the issue. 

Upon the breaking out of the war in 1861, Mr. Coffin was sent 
to the front as correspondent of the Journal. He saw the engage- 
ment at Blackford's Eord, and at the first battle of Bull Run nar- 
rowly escaped capture by the Confederate cavalry. His commission 
as correspondent left him free to govern his own movements, and he 
hastened from point to point, seeking to be promptly wherever the 
most active operations were to be expected. In December, as all 
seemed likely to be " quiet on the Potomac," he obtained letters of 
introduction from the Secretary of War to General Grant and Gen- 
eral Buell, and hastened west. At Louisville he presented his let- 
ter to General Buell, only to have it tossed aside with a contemptu- 
ous remark and a refusal. Then he made his way to Cairo, seeking 
General Grant. In the second story of a dilapidated building he 
found a man in a blue blouse, sitting on a nail keg, at a rough desk, 
and smoking a cigar. Presenting his letter from the Secretary of 
\\ ar, he requested the man to hand it to General Grant. Instead 
of turning to the inner office, the supposed orderly read the note 
and, rising, extended his hand and said, "I am right glad to see 
you. Please take a nail keg." Mr. Coffin was at once on the best 
of terms with the General, who gave him all needful facilities for 
obtaining information. 

292 Charles Carleton Coffin. [July, 

As a correspondent, Mr. Coffin made it his rule to describe, but 
never to criticise. He was careful, too, to publish nothing that could 
be used in any way to the disadvantage of the army or of the coun- 
try. His judicious methods were soon recognized, and he enjoyed 
in an unusual degree the confidence of the generals in command. 
Commodore Foote's gunboats were at Cairo, preparing for the suc- 
cessful expedition up the Tennessee river, and Mr. Coffin formed a 
pleasant acquaintance with the Commodore and his officers, which 
was of special value to him later. After the capture of Fort Henry 
he met the fleet at the mouth of the Tennessee, and receiving from 
the Commodore the particulars of the engagement, took the cars 
bound east, wrote his account on the train, and so gave the first 
published report of the important capture. Returning west, he made 
his way to Fort Donelson and witnessed the surrender of the fort, 
with fifteen thousand Confederate soldiers, to General Grant. Then 
he hastened to Cairo and again secured an early report for his 
paper by writing his account on an east-bound train, leaving the 
cars when his letter was completed. 

He was with the fleet during the operations at Island No. 10, and 
later at the capture of Memphis. Then he came east and made 
report of the seven days' battles before Richmond. His account of 
the battle of Antietam was very highly commended. An immense 
edition of it was disposed of in the army. Another of his reports 
which became somewhat famous was that describing the three days' 
struggle at Gettysburg. 

" He witnessed the repulse of Pickett's magnificent charge, standing near 
Howard's batteries on Cemetery Hill and timing the discharge of one of 
the pieces, watch in hand. As soon as that desperate charge was repelled, 
he mounted his horse and started at top speed for the nearest railroad sta- 
tion to take train for Baltimore. His practiced eye told him that Pickett's 
repulse ended the battle, and he waited for nothing more. He bore the 
first assured news of the great victory to anxious and expectant congress- 
men at Baltimore, and next morning before light he was in the Journal 
office at Boston, with a wood engraver taking down his diagrams to accom- 
pany one of the clearest and best reports of the decisive battle of the war, 
printed in any journal." 

This report was reprinted far and wide in America, and translated 
and republished in France and Germany. 

He continued his service as correspondent to the end of the war, 
witnessing and making record of all the principal engagements of 
the army of the Potomac under General Grant. He was with the 
fleet of General Gillmore, which took possession of Charleston, when 
General Sherman with his flying army from Atlanta and Savannah 
approached the rear of the city. He was so prompt and energetic 
in sending his despatch to Boston that it was published in the Jour- 
nal, telegraphed to Washington, and read in the. House of Repre- 

1896.] Charles Garhton Coffin. 293 

sentatives as the first account received there. In his enthusiasm he 
begins : — 

"Off Charleston, February 18, 2 p.m. The old flag waves over Sum- 
ter and Moultrie and the city of Charleston. I can see its crimson stripes 
and fadeless stars waving in the warm sunlight of this glorious day. Thanks 
be to God, who giveth us the victory." 

After the close of the war Mr. Coffin went to Europe as corres- 
pondent of the Boston Journal. Mrs. Coffin accompanied him on 
this journey, which finally became a tour around the world. He 
spent a year and a half in Europe, writing with reference to public 
affairs and describing the life of the common people. The passage 
of the Reform Bill in England, the evacuation of Northern Italy by 
the Austrians. and the enthusiastic reception of Victor Emanuel at 
Venice, the coronation of the Emperor of Austria as King of Hun- 
gary, furnished material for interesting communications from his 
pen. Bearing letters of introduction from General Grant, Chief 
Justice Chase, Charles Sumner and other public men, he had the 
opportunity of meeting almost all the noted men of that day in 
Europe. At the banquet given to Charles Dickens, before the de- 
parture of that author for the United States, he saw the chief liter- 
ary men of England. At the Social Science Congress at Belfast, 
Ireland, he gave an address on Common Schools in the United 
States, which was warmly commended. 

Leaving Europe, he visited Turkey, Syria, Egypt, India, China, 
Japan and California, reaching Boston in December, 1868, after an 
absence of two years and five months. His travelling experiences 
furnished interesting material for public lectures, and for some years 
after his return he was one of the popular lyceum speakers. He 
delivered a course of lectures before the Lowell Institute. He is 
said to have given, first and last, two thousand public addresses. 
In 1870 Amherst College conferred upon him the honorary degree 
of Master of Arts. 

His later years were largely devoted to authorship. His published 
works number nineteen volumes, besides eight or ten pamphlets. 
The volumes are as follows : — 

" My Days and Nights on the Battlefield," published in 1864 ; " Follow- 
ing the Flag," 1865; "The Bovs of '61 ," first published as " Four Years 
of Fighting," 1866; " Winning his Way," 1866; "Our New Way Round 
the World," 1869; "The Seat of Empire," 1870; "The Boys of 76," 
1877 ; " History of Boscawen and Webster, New Hampshire," 1878 ; " The 
Story of Liberty," 1878; "Dan of Millbrook," first published as "Caleb 
Krinkle," 1879; "Life of James A. Garfield," 1880; "Old Times in the 
Colonies," 1881; " Building the Nation," 1883; " Drum Beat of the Na- 
tion," 1888; " Marching to Victory," 1889; "Redeeming the Republic," 
1890; " Freedom Triumphant," 1891; "Life of Lincoln," 1893; "Daugh- 
ters of the Revolution," 1895. 

294 Charles Carleton Coffin. [July, 

Many of these books were written specially for the young. Mr. 
Coffin had a hearty sympathy with young people, and his books 
touch them as with the voice of a friend. It was said a few years 
since, that there were fifty copies of " The Boys of '76 " in the Bos- 
ton Public Library, and all in constant use. 

Mr. Coffin was repeatedly invited to return to his old home in 
Boscawen to assist in celebrating occasions of public interest. July 
4, 1876, he was the orator at the observance there of the centennial 
of American Independence, and he rendered the same honorable 
service at the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement 
of the town, Aug. 16, 1883. 

He was a member of the Legislature of Massachusetts in 1884 
and 1885. In the former year he served in the committees on the 
liquor law, on education, and on civil service. He was the author 
of the bill, which became a law, closing the saloons at eleven o'clock 
P.M. and on election days. He reported the draft of the law which 
makes text books free to pupils in the public schools. In the Legis- 
lature of 1885 he was chairman of the special committee which con- 
sidered the bill establishing a police commission for the city of Bos- 
ton. He was earnestly in favor of the measure, as one calculated 
to remove the police system from political influence. Though out- 
voted in the committee he carried the contest into the open House, 
and after a prolonged struggle the friends of the measure were suc- 

In 1890 he was a member of the Senate of Massachusetts, and 
did good service on the railroad committee. He introduced a bill 
which became a law, making the Commonwealth a party to aid in 
abolishing the crossing of the highways at grade by the railroads. 

Mr. Coffin was an honorary member of the New Hampshire His- 
torical Society and a member of the American Geographical Society, 
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of 
the Massachusetts Club, of the Boston Congregational Club, and of 
the New-England Historic Genealogical Society. The last named 
society celebrated its semi-centennial anniversary April 19, 1895, 
and Mr. Coffin was the orator of the occasion. 

On the eighteenth of February, 1896, a distinguished company 
assembled at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Coffin in Brookline to cele- 
brate their golden wedding. The esteem in which the venerable 
author was held had large and joyous expression. Hundreds of 
friends from far and near brought their congratulations. Mr. Coffin 
was apparently in the fulness of health and vigor. Two weeks 
later, on the second of March, he suddenly and peacefully passed 

Mr. Coffin was an admirable example of what New England an- 
cestry, and New England training, and New England courage and 
energy can bring to pass for a poor boy, under narrow conditions 
and opportunities. His life is a word of cheer to «very young per- 

1896.] Hussey Ancestry of Whittier. 295 

son who proposes to make the most of himself and to accomplish 
something for which the world shall bless his memory. From his 
boyhood Mr. Coffin was possessed with a kind of ambition of which 
there is never too much in the world, — an ambition to do his best 
in the duty just before him, and to make that a stepping-stone to 
something higher. He was hopeful, alert, enthusiastic. His frank- 
ness, honesty, faithfulness, were proverbial. "It was not uncom- 
mon," says an old associate, "when a knot of correspondents were 
discussing some doubtful question, for one of them to look up, and, 
seeing Mr. Coffin approaching, say, f Well, here comes Old Reli- 
able, he will settle it for us.' " He was never ashamed of his early 
struggles. In all the success and honor of his riper years he re- 
mained simple, unostentatious, transparent, pure — a whole-souled 
Christian gentleman. The sentences with which he closed his ora- 
tion before the Historic Genealogical Society on its fiftieth anniver- 
sary show something of the bright, cheerful tone of the man : — 

" Notwithstanding the iniquity of the age, the world is vastly better at 
this moment than it was when Charles Ewer and Wingate Thornton and 
their associates founded this society. The historic evolution of the past in- 
dicates that it will be better to-morrow than it is to-day The 

voices of nature, of prophecy and history, are in accordance with the long- 
ings of the world for the coming of a time when there shall be a consum- 
mate flowering of the human race. Grant, if you please, that this is optimis- 
tic; but it is the optimism of history. During the eighteen hundred years 
that have passed since the Man of Nazareth, in this month of April, rose 
victor from the grave, triumphant over death, the banner of progress has 
borne this inscription: — 

The Brotherhood of Man; the Redemption of the World!" 


By Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, D.D., of Dover, N. H. 

I desire to put into the pages of the Register, as the proper 
and permanent place, a statement regarding the "Hussey" ancestry 
of John G. Whittier. 

In the Arena, February, 1896, page 381, it is said: "I had 
been to the site of the house of Christopher Hussey, from whom, 
notwithstanding some late genealogical confusion, he traced his 
lineage, his mother being a Hussey." The phrase "genealogical 
confusion," without the slightest presentation of facts, is not a suf- 
ficient answer to those who have, after careful investigation, asserted 
that Whittier's mother was not of the lineage mentioned. I venture 
without hesitation to make the following assertions : 

1 1. The poet never " traced " his lineage from Christopher Hussey, although 
he doubtless took it for granted that he was of that descent. 

296 Hussey Ancestry of Whittier. [July, 

2. The records are ample, and without a flaw or need of inference, 
which show that Whittier's mother, a Hussey, was descended in a direct 
line, not from Christopher Hussey, of Hampton, but from Robert Hussey, 
who was of Dover as early as 1 659. 

3. Between Christopher Hussey and Robert Hussey, no wills, deeds, 
or any other papers, and no similarity of Christian names, have ever sug- 
gested any connection in the slightest degree. 

Some years ago, in my work upon Dover history, and also from 
my warm love toward the poet (much of whose poetry I can repeat) , 
I made a thorough investigation of the mother's ancestry. She was 
born in old Dover, and I have studied the trout-brook, the spring, and 
all the scenery of the spot where she was a child. I found her 
father's will, and traced back the pedigree in its every step by public 
and Friends' records. To my surprise I found that the family 
ancestor was Robert Hussey. 

Two or three years ago, I found in the Boston Transcript a com- 
plete and elaborate statement of the pedigree, with full names and 
dates, made by a gentleman of the Whittier name and blood. He 
had gone over the same ground which I had traversed, although 
entirely ignorant of my own labor ; and our results, equally elaborate 
and complete, were exactly alike. My own papers I have preserved ; 
his went into print. 

Some time ago, I made in the Congrecjationalist a brief assertion 
of the frequent mistake as to Christopher Hussey, which w r as exten- 
sively quoted but never answered. Now, before any further assertion 
of " genealogical confusion " as being a sufficient answer to authentic 
evidence, it is proper to demand the production of the pedigree, 
wdiich is supposed to connect Whittier's mother with Christopher 

Bartholomew Day. — On the twenty-fourth of August 1862, two centuries 
were completed since the ejection of the nonconformist ministers under the 
Bartholomew Act, with which Charles the Second and his obsequious Parliament 
rewarded the Presbyterian clergy, who then filled the greater portion of the 
livings in England, for their constant prayers during his exile that he might be 
permitted to return to his native land and be restored to the throne of his an- 
cestors. Nor did they rest satisfied with this. Besides praying for his resto- 
ration, they were active in placing him upon his throne ; and, it is almost cer- 
tain, that without their aid, or at least if they had been as persistent in oppos- 
ing as they were in supporting him, he would never have been restored. The 
characteristic return which their profligate sovereign made to them for 
their loyalty, was the Act of Uniformity, which drove multitudes of their most 
conscientious ministers from their livings. This act is one that the friends of 
toleration must always condemn. But, though the individual suffering and the 
temporary check to religion and morality produced by this and the supplemen- 
tary laws, are to be deplored, yet it may well be doubted whether liberty of 
conscience would have been advanced by allowing the ejected ministers, most 
of whom were the avowed enemies to toleration, to retain their livings. The 
English Presbyterians afterwards became bold advocates for religious free- 
dom. — Historical Magazine. 


A Piece of Family Silver, 



By Edward S. Holden, LL.D., Director of the Lick Observatory. 

The accompanying cut is made from a 
photograph of a silver tankard in my pos- 
session. The tankard is about 7 \ inches in 
extreme height and 4| inches in extreme 
diameter. The cut should be examined 
with an ordinary hand-glass. 

Through the great kindness of Henry E. 
Woods, Esq., Chairman of the Society's 
Committee on Heraldry, I have lately been 
able to obtain a pedigree for this piece of 
silver, proved in every part ; and, incident- 
ally, it has been the means of discovering 
two hitherto unknown Boston silversmiths, 
namely, William Cowell, father and son. 
The tankard came to me through my 
father, Edward, 6 and my grandfather, Edward. 5 As a boy I was 
told that it formerly belonged to Phineas 3 Holden of Norwich, Con- 
necticut (Justinian, 1 Samuel, 2 ), born 1715, May 12, died 1763, 
married Hannah 4 Bushnell (Benajah, 3 Richard, 2 Richard 1 ). Phi- 
neas 3 Holden left no children, and from his estate the tankard came 
to Justinian 5 Holden (Samuel, 4 William, 3 Samuel, 2 Justinian 1 ), 
who gave it to his brother Edward, 5 my grandfather. Phineas of 
Norwich was uncle to Dr. Phineas of Dorchester. 
On the handle of the tankard is engraved 



which stands for Bushnell, Benajah and Zerviah, as is shown by the 

following from the Hyde Genealogy, by R. H. Walworth, p. 186, 

which Mr. Woods has extracted : — 

"Benajah Bushnell, born 11 March, 1715, at Norwich, eldest son 
of Benajah Bushnell and Zerviah Leffingwell, and grandson of Capt. 
Richard Bushnell and Elizabeth Adgate." Mr. Woods gives the 
following also: "Benajah Bushnell, Sr., was born in 1681;* 
Zerviah Leffingwell was born 17 Oct., 1686, and was the daughter 
of Thomas Leffingwell (of Saybrook and Norwich) and Mary Bush- 
nell (sister of Capt. Richard Bushnell of Norwich), and conse- 
quently Benajah and Zerviah were cousins, as well as husband and 

The base and the cover of the tankard are stamped (with the 

* Bom May 4, 1681.— E. S. H. 

298 A. Piece of Family Silver. [July, 

same stamp) W. Coivell. Near the handle is a small private mark 
which can best be described heraldically as follows : Argent, in 
fess the letters W C, in chief a mullet between two pellets, in base 
a pellet. The extreme height of this stamp is about -/ 2 of an inch. 

Cowell has hitherto been unknown as a silversmith, but the fol- 
lowing excerpt from a letter of Mr. Woods (dated March 12, 1896) 
entirely clears up his history : — 

" From the very complete account of your piece of plate, I too 
was convinced that it was made in America, and so set upon a sys- 
tematic search for the obscure W. Cowell, with the following suc- 
cess : In the f Annals of King's Chapel, Boston,' I found : f 1728, 
May 7, To Cashpd. W m Cowell for Mr. Wats's plate £25. 05. 10,' " 
and that in a legacy of a Mrs. Ireland to the Old South Church, 
Boston, was a silver tankard bearing the single mark " W. Cowell," 
and inscribed : 

The legacy 

of Mrs. Mary Ireland 

to the Old South 

Church Sept. 25 


Those first clues led to what now comes : 

Suff. Deeds, vol. 27, p. 161. " said Mary, Hannah and Mehet- 

able being the three daughters of John Cowell^ late of Boston, Blacksmith, 
deceased Whereas William Cowell of Boston aforesaid, Gold- 
smith, only son of said deceased," etc. 
(Dated, 12 Aug. 1712.) 
Extracts from Boston Records: 
Births.— 1669 Nov. 20— Mary of John & Hannah Cowell 

1674 Jan. 12— John do. [died ?1 

1677 Mch. 9— Hannah do. 

1680 Oct. 3— Mehetable do. 

1682 Jan. 25— William do. 

Deaths. — 1693, Dec. ?, John Cowell 

Births.— 1101 July 1— John of William & Elizabeth Cowell 
1709 May 13— Hannah do. 

1713 July 19— William do. 

1715 Dec. 27— Elizabeth do. 
1717 Jan. 6— Mary do. 

1720 June 1— Richard do. 

1727 May 18— Rebekah do. 
Suff. Probate Records : — 

(6882) 1736— William 1 Cowell of Boston, Innholder, deed.— admtn. to 
widow Elizabeth. 

(6882) 2 1745— William 1 Cowell of Boston, Innholder, deed.— admtn. to 
William 2 Cowell, Goldsmith, upon the decease of widow Elizabeth with the 
estate not yet administered. 

(12763) 1761— William 2 Cowell of Boston, Goldsmith, deed, admtn. to 
sisters Hannah Simpson, widow, & Rebecca Cowell, spinster. 

* John Cowell was son of Capt. Edward Cowell who figured in King Philip's War. 

1896.] A Piece of Family Silver. 299 

"From all the foregoing it will be seen that the William Cowell 
who in 1712 was a goldsmith, and who undoubtedly made 'Mr. 
Wats's plate' in 1728, afterwards turned innholder and was suc- 
ceeded in his former trade by his son William Cowell. I find there 
was no other William Cowell on record at that particular time. 
Which William made the Old South Church tankard it is difficult 
to determine." 

It thus appears that the researches of Mr. Woods have resulted 
in the discovery of two Boston silversmiths, previously unnoticed. 

Justinian 1 Houlding came to America with his brother Richard 1 
on the Frances, sailing from Ipswich "the last of April, 1634" 
(Register, vol. xiv. p. 331), and settled in Watertown. On the 
same ship was William Houlton, aged 23, who was an original pro- 
prietor of Hartford, and the first Deacon at Northampton (1663). 
Paige's Cambridge (pp. 585-6) gives a correct account of the two 
brothers named above. The home of Justinian was where the 
Fresh Pond hotel stood in my boyhood. His grandson Dr. Wil- 
liam Holden moved to Bridgewater, and from thence to Dorchester 
(about 1740). 

The arms on the tankard are those granted to Robert Holden of 
Hockeridge (Oak-ridge), Cranbrook, Kent, May 20, 1663 (Mss. 
Herald's Office D. 18, fol. 177 b, and British Museum Ms. Add. 
5507, 291 b). 

Robert Holden has no descendants in America who are entitled 
to bear these arms. Indeed his descendants left Cranbrook about 
1762, and I have not been able to meet with any of this family in 
England. Mss. in the possession of the descendants of Justinian 1 
(in Massachusetts), and of Richard 1 (in Vermont), and of Capt. 
Levi 4 Holden* (in Pennsylvania), all agree in placing the English 
home of the two emigrants in Cranbrook. The arms were undoubt- 
edly engraved on the tankard during the lifetime of Phineas Holden 

It is Mr. Woods's opinion that the arms might have been engraved 
by one of the Hurds, goldsmiths of Boston (Jacob Hurd, died 1758 ; 
Nathaniel Hurd, died 1777), judging from the style of the engrav- 
ing. If so, the tankard must have been carried from Norwich to 
Boston and back again. 

The crest is undoubtedly assumed, like so many " doves and olive 
branches " of the period. I am of the opinion that the Oliver crest 
is responsible for the popularity of that particular device in and 
around Boston. When it was assumed by Phineas Holden, he had 
no idea that a subsequent marriage (Anne Payson, b. Oct. 2, 1772, 
with Edward Holden) would make his act, in some sense, a family 

* Levi, 4 Jonas 3 , John, 2 Justinian 1 ; member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and one of 
the innumerable " Commanders of Washington's Life-Guard." 

300 Genealogy by Rev. Samuel Woodward. [July, 

Note. — In J. H. Buck's "Old Plate," page 116, there is an illustration 
of the " Ely tankard," in the possession of Mr. R. S. Ely, which bears the 
mark : " W. C, a mullet between two pellets above, a pellet below," on a 
shield, and the general form of the tankard is similar to Dr. Holden's. It 
is there described as "brought from England about 1660," but Dr. Hol- 
den's article now identifies the maker. — Editor. 



[Copied for the Register by Mary Frances Peirce of Weston.] 

Ebenezer Woodward Son of John & Rebecca Woodward 

born at Newton March 12 : 1690-1 

Mindwell Stone Daugh of Ebenez: (Esq r ) & Margaret 

Stone born at Newton ...... June 26: 1696 

The above s d . Ebenezer & Mindwell Marry,d Jan ry . 25 1716 p JCotton. 
( Mindwell Woodward born . . ' . .Feb: 26:1716-7 

' \ Marry,d to Nathanael Shepard 


Eleanor* Woodward born 
J John Woodward born 
| Marry ,d to Hannah Greenwood 
( Samuel Woodward born 
4. C : -< Ordain,d at Weston 

( Marry ,d to M rs . Abigail Williams 
k n.j Mary Woodward born . 

' { Marry ,d to Jonathan Richardson 
The aboves d Eleanor Woodward was married to Nathan- 
ael Jones of Charlton ...... June 22, 1758 

Eli Son of Nathanael & Eleanor Jones born . . June 5, 1759 
Hannah Daugh 1- . of Nath 1 & Eleanor Jones born . Sept. 28, 1760 
Phinehas Son of Nathanael & Eleanor Jones born . Febr : 17, 1763 

Nov: 30: 1736 
June 20 : 1720 
Feb. 4:1724-5 
May 21:1747 
Feb: 1:1726-7 
Sept: 25: 1751 
Jan ry : 11: 1753 
Feb : 28, 1732-3 
Oct: 31:1751 

Abigail Daugh r of Sam 11 . & Abigail Woodward born . Decern: 8: 1753 
Abigail Daugh r . of Samuel & Abigail Woodward dy,d Feb : 10: 1756 
Sam 11 . Son of Sam 11 Woodward & Abigail born . . 11 July: 1756 
Abigail Daugh r . of Sam u & Abigail Woodward born . Sept. 25: 1759 
Sylvester Son of Samuel & Abigail Woodward born May 11, and dyed 

Jun. 11, 1761 Sm. Pox 
Nov 22, 1762 Miranda Daugh 1 of Sam u . and Abigail Woodward born, 25m. 

after 3. A.M 
May 12, 1764 Cyrus Son of Rev d . Sam 1 . & Abigail Woodward born 30m : 

after 11 

[A full list of the children of Samuel and Abigail Woodward is given later.— 
M. F. P.] 

*Bond's Watertown has Ebenezer instead of Eleanor, an evident error.— M. F. P. 

1896.] Genealogy by Rev. Samuel Woodward. 


Some ace 1 , of the Estate* at Waltham : 
Buildings and Land in Waltham prized at 
Lands in Deerfield prized at 
Lands in Stockbridge & adjacent prized at 

The Sum Total of all the apprized Estate . 
Thirds Taken out of the whole 

500- 8-0 


Remains to be divided among the children . . 541-4-10-3 
A Single Share of which is .... . 90-4- 2 

A Sixth part of Thirds is ..... 45-2- 1 

Therefore agreed that the D r . [Leonard Williams] have the 
thirds quitted to him upon his obligation to pay us respectively 
at Mothers decease ....... 45- 2-0 

Instruments to be given. 

The Doctors 4 Bonds to his Brother and Sisters 

Our acquittance of what is in Waltham to him 

His acquittance of the Country Lands ; and also Mr 3 . Williams Security 
to us of what is overplus in Waltham; in all, 49-7-3-1. 
NB The Dr to have part of Country Lands unprized. 

57-6 -8 What Mrs. Woodward rec d . when She married. 

33-18-5-2 A Single Share in the Moveable Estate. 


Jonathan Shepard born 

Nathanael Shepard born 

Elener Shepard born . 

Ebenezer Shepard born 

Mindwell Shepard born 

Isaac Shepard born 

Elizabeth Shepard born 

Jacob Shepard born 

Hannah Shepard born 

Samuel Shepard born . 
These "] Sam 11 , and Hannah Twins 

are VPenuel 

Everittsf J Levi 

The Ages of my Sister Richardsons Children. 

nster Shepard,s 


. Sept. 24, 1737 
. Feb. 25, 1739 

• 4 

. Oct. 7, 1740 

. Jan 1 * 13, 1742 

. Nov. 14, 1743 

• t 

. Sept. 15, 1745 
. Jan r y. 20, 1747 

Decemb. 13, 1748 

. Sept. 1, 1750 
. June 24, 1752 


. Nov: 16, 1755 
. Sept. 3, 1758 
. Sept. 23, 1760 

Mary born . 

Jonathan born 

Susanna born 

Abigail born 

Nehemiah born 

John born . 

Mehetabel born 

Mehetabel died at about a Fortnight old. 

* Estate of the Rev. Warham Williams.— M. F. P. 

t Everett was probably her second husband.— M. F. P. 

. Sept. 27, 1752 
Decemb: 30, 1753 
Decemb: 12,1755 
. Oct: 28, 1757 
. June 29, 1759 
. April 22, 1761 
. July 21, 1762 


Genealogy by Rev. Samuel Woodward. 


My own and Family's Ages. 

Samuel Woodward born 

Took ray Degree at Harvard College 

Ordained at Weston . 

Married to Mr s Abigail Williams 
X Abigail our first Daughter born 
X Samuel born 

Abigail born 
X Sylvester born 

Miranda born 
X Cyrus born 

Warham born 

Sarah born 
X Nelly born 
X Martha born 
X Eunice born 
X John born . 

My honr' d Father Mr Eben 1 

My honr d Mother Mindwell 
NB. Our first Nabby died . 

Sylvester died 

Eunice died in half an hourafter Birth. 

Woodward died 
Woodward died 

. Feb: 1, 

. Sept. 25 

. Jan r ^ 11 
Decemb: 8 

. July 11 

. Sept. 25 

. May. 11 

. Nov: 22 

. May 12 
Sept. 22 

. Sept: 29 

. Oct : 2 

. March 5 

. Sept. 14 

. Jan r y 27 

. Jan r ? 1 

. Feb: 

. Feb: 10 

. June 11 


[The crosses against the names of Cyrus, Nelly, Martha and John are in 
another hand.— M. F. P.] 

An Account taken from Records in Watertown of our Family. 

Richard Woodward & Rose his Wife \ probably came over from England 
George Woodward & Mary his Wife j and settled in Watertown. 

George and Mary,s Children were 

Rebeckah, born 39 Day of 10 Month 1647 

John born 20 Day of March 
Susanna born 30 Day of Sept. . 
Daniel born 2 Day of April 
Mary born 3 Day of June 




ir . in xrr -, i ] This George is the Son of the 

Married George Woodward 1 u d n w i 

to Elizabeth Hammond. 

aboves d George Wood- 
[An error.]' 

George fy Elizabeths Children. 

George born the 11 Day, of the 7 Month . 1660 

Thomas born the 15 Day of y e 7 Month . 1662 Died Sept. 3, 1666 

Elizabeth born the 8 Day of May . .1664 

Nathanael Dyed 28 Day 3 d Month 1668 

Sarah born the 3 d Day of October . . 1 675 

The aboves d Richard Woodward Died 16 Day of 12 Month 
The aboves d Rose his wife Died 6 Day of 8 Month . 


* Bond is probably correct when he says that George was the son of Richard ; that he 
came from England at the age of 15; that he married, first Mary, second Elizabeth. The 
names of his three oldest children, found in the Middlesex Court Records, are not here 
jiiven.— M. F. P. 

1896.] Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, Gal. 303 

Some account ofy e Family of y Q Stones. 

Simon Stone married in England to a Clark and after came over 

to New England. 

Simon their Son was four years old when he came from England, — he 
married Mary Whipple of Ipswich. 

Ebenezer his Sou, married first a Trowbridge, then y e widow Wilson, 
then y e widow Livermore, who was a Neverson. 


Copied by B. Frank Leeds, Esq. 
[Continued from page 187.] 

Lot 67. 
Mary Schwan, our only child, died Nov. 5, 1863, aged 5 years 9 mos. 
26 days. 

Henry, son of H. and C. Johans, died Nov. 5, 1881, aged 17 years, 5 mos. 
Anne Johaus, died May 13, 1864, aged 37 years. 
Inscription in German. 

Henriette Adaline Wey (or Mey) born Aug. 2, 1863, died Jan. 27, 1865. 
Inscription in German. 

Lot 68. 
Allan G. Wright, born 1816, d. June 17, 1885. 

Rosaline Strong, wife of A. G. Wright, born in 1818, died May 22, 1859. 
Native of Williamstown, Vermont. 

Lot 69. 
Joseph Coats, d. Jan. 18, 1887, aged 71 years. 
Louisa Coats, d. June 22, 1889, aged 66 years. 

Lot 70. 

Seth Blanchard, died Dec. 13, 1889, ag d 67 y. 7 mos. A member of 
Santa Cruz Pioneers. 

Lot 71. 

Martha M. Button, wife of Ruben Button, born Feb. 21, 1833, died Apr. 
28, 1864. 

Martha Jane Button, daughter of Ruben and Martha, born Sep. 29, 1861, 
died Apr. 16, 1863. 

Lot 72. 
Eunice Dodge, died Nov. 21, 1871, aged 71 yrs. 1 mo. 3 d. 

Lot 73. 
J. B. Arcan, born Apr. 14, 1813, died Sep. 15, 1869. 
Julia S. dau r of J. B. and A. H. Arcan, died July 19, 1850, aged 19 yrs. 

304 Inscriptions at Santa Cruz, CaL [July, 

Unmarked grave between the above and one other with 18 inch high stone 
column resting on earth. No inscription. 

Lot 74. 

John Shearer, died Jan. 2, 1866, aged 65 years. 

Sophia Robinson Clark, died Aug. 17, 1866, aged 31 yrs. 8 mos. 17 days. 

Lot 75. 
Alida Ostrum, died Oct. 27, 1869. 

Lot 76. 
Mary, wife of Richard Anderson, d. Mch. 26, 1887, aged 30 yrs. 10 mos. 
3 days. 

Baby Ray, son of the above, d. July 14, 1885, ag d 11 mos. 3 days. 
Eliza, wi'fe of William McElroy, d. May 20, 1887, ag d 67 y. 8 mos. 

Lot 77. 

Fanny Meyrick, dearly beloved daughter of Henry and Mary Meyrick, 
died Aug. 26, 1877, aged 15 J years. 

Lot 78. 
Stephen Hunt, born 1826, died 1890. 
Henry H. Hunt, born 1874, died 1877. 
H. S. II. (grown person.) 

Lot 79. 
Lizzie Ruthrauff Brown, 1878. 
Wooden cross. 

Lot 80. 
Carolina Severn, wife of Gilbert M. Cole, died Aug. 19, 1862. 

Lot 81. 
Carl Sabish, born in Germany, Aug. 30, 1804, died Aug. 19, 1881. 
Augusta Sabish, wife of Carl Sabish, born in Germany, June 11, 1807, 
died Sep. 27, 1859. 

Lot 82. 

Minott S. Isbell, born in Milford, Conn., Aug. 1, 1815, died Mch. 23, 
An unmarked grave alongside the above decorated with flag. 

Lot 83. 

An above-ground tomb stuccoed and painted a pinkish color ; iron door ; no 

Lot 84. 

John Curtis, born in Biddeford, State of Maine, Jan. 11, 1825, died Nov. 
29, 1861,ag d 36y. 10 m. 10 d. 

Phebe L. Goodwin, wife of D. C. Feeley, born Dec. 24, 1824, died 
Apr. 23, 1870. 

C. H. C. 

[To be continued.] 

1896.] Letter of Rev. Thomas Weld. 305 


Communicated by Samuel B. Doggett, Esq., of Boston. 

A petition " To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq 1 " Gov r , To 
the honble His Majesty's Council and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled at Boston November 1738 " was granted 
by the House Dec. 12, 1738, concurred in by Council and consented 
to by the Governor on the following day. This petition was made 
by the heirs of Hon. Samuel Sewall for right to sell sundry small 
pieces of land in Dunstable and Wilmington at a place commonly 
called the land of Nodd.* 

Hon. Samuel Sewall was one of the non-resident proprietors of 
Dunstable and regarding his land I hold the following paper in his 
handwriting : — 

A Copy of a Letter from Mr Thorn 8 Weld Minister of Dunstable 30 m 
the 11 M 
Kiud Sir, 

of the 11 Month 168}. 


Having about a Month since when I was last in the Bay laid myself 
under Obligation by promise to give you an ace* of that Tract of Land, 
which sometimes Mr. John Turner Dec'd was posses'd of, which falls within 
our Township : I could not without manifest imputation of unfaithfullness 
to myself for Kindnesses in many respects to me expressed Omit by this 
opportunity as thoroughly as I am able & as I think is needful ever since 
My return home. I have entertained discourse with diverss persons con- 
senting it. But not being myself satisfied with some uncertain conjectures 
which I had from Vulgar Informers concerning its position quantity & 

• The land of Nodd was within the original territorial limits of Woburn, but was never 
the property of the town. 

The General Court, in 1642, at its adjourned meeting, on 27th September, ordered : 

" Charlestoune village is called Wooborne." v. Colony Records, vol. ii : 28. 

In the division of territory between the parent town and the village, it was provided : 

" That Charlestown shall have three thousand acres of land within the boundaries of 
Woburn, to begin • at the uttermost corner northerly, next Reading line and so to run south- 
erly along two miles deep on the east side of Shawshine line.' " — (Frothingham's History 
of Charlestown, p. 111.) 

This tract was called, on the Charlestown records, " the land of Nod." Frothingham, in 
his history of Charlestown, thinks the name was suggested by the spiritual condition of 
this distant territory, as compared with that of Charlestown, recalling the wandering of 
Cain. Gen. iv. In Woburn, however, the tract was known as Goshen, significant of higher 
appreciation than the nomen joculare of the proprietors. In 1730, with a westerly portion 
of Reading, it was incorporated by the General Court, 25th September, as "a township by 
the name of Wilmington." v. Province Laws, vol. ii : 556. Here the term " land of Nod, so 
called," is used to establish the beginning of the town's limits. In common acceptation, to- 
day, the term is confined to the land lying between Lubber's brook and the Andover line. 

The original grantees did not regard the 3000 acres as of high value. Some of them 
refused it and resigned their titles to Charlestown. By others it was held, as modern " wild 
cat" property is, of convenient value for trading. Francis Willoughby, a principal mer- 
chant of Charlestown, and lieutenant governor, thus became possessed of more than a third 
of it. His widow married Lawrence Hammond, the town clerk, who conveyed the prop- 
erty to John Hull, the mint master. Judge Sewall acquired this large portion of the " land 
of Nod" by his marriage with Hannah, the only child and heiress of Hull. 

Geo. A. Gordon. 
VOL. L. 23 

306 Letter of Rev. Thomas Weld. [July, 

quality I judged such a slender report which I must upon such Intelligence 
have made would not have been satisfactory to you. I have therefore thus 
long delayed to give any acct thereof. The last week I happened to meet 
with a draught of the whole as delineated by Mr Jonathan Danforth the 
surveyor : Which I have extracted & endeavoured so far to imitate as to 
render it intelligable which is contained in this inclosed Paper. I shall for 
your more plenary satisfaction comment a little upon it. The whole Tract 
contains 600 Acres which was laid out at three different times and the sev- 
eral parcels are distinguished by the points. The marked Trees are signi- 
fied by this figure [0]. The 250 Acres Mr Turner purchased of Mr 
Edward Cowel. The 150 Acres adjoining was granted him by the Gen 1 
Court. The 200 Acres on the south west side of the Plott is part of his 
proportion to the Right of a 30 Acre Home Lott which Land he hath taken 
up of the Town. 

Unto which 300 Acres more belong which is not laid out. The upland I 
understand is very good well wooded & bearing both Oakes & Pines in 
diverse parts of it. There is also as I am informed a considerable quantity 
of Meadow which lies partly & chiefly on both sides of the Head of Salmon 
Brook: & partly by Mashapaog pond side. The Farm is distant near 
four miles from our Meeting House, almost in the midway between Dun- 
stable & Groton. 

If you should be the Possessor of this Land & be desirous to build. I 
can supply you with what Boards you may want from a Saw mill that is 
but about half a mile from some part of this Farm. 

If you desire fuller information in any respect conserning it you may I 
suppose obtain your desire by consulting Mr Jonathan Tynge who is now 
at Boston. 

But I have already exceeded the Bounds of an Ordinary Epistle & my 
Pen wearys me in writing. I shall not therefore now enlarge but with 
humble service tendred to yourself & Mrs Sewall desireing your patience 
with me & Prayers for me I shall rest subscribing myself your quondam 
sodalis & friendly Lover. Thom s Weld. 

At the end of the letter Mr. Sewall writes as follows : — 

Inclosed the Original of the above copied Letter to Capt Henry Farwell 
with a Letter of Attorney to him desireing he would strenuously exert him- 
self in asserting & defending my Interest as for himself Carefully return the 
Letter of Mr Weld. I have inclosed your Plott which lay hid in my till I 
accidentally lit upon it. Gave his son 3s. 6d. towards bearing his expences. 

Boston Feb'y 25 th 1725-6 S. Sewall. 

Rev. Thomas Weld, the writer of the original letter, was a native 
of Roxbury, grad. H. C. 1671, went to Dunstable 1678-9, and 
died June 9, 1702. " He was much beloved by his people, esteemed 
in his day as a man of great piety, supposed to be author of verses 
in Mather's Magnolia on death of his uncle Rev. Samuel Danforth."* 

Judge Sewall died Jan. 1, 1729-30, and his son Samuel makes 
memo, regarding the land at Dunstable : 

Boston Feby 13 th 1735-6. Taken out of a long Pocket Book viz. May 
23 d 1685. 

* History Dunstable by Fox, 1846. 

1896.] Letter of Rev. Thomas Weld. 307 

Dunstable Land. Dr. 

Cash paid Marshall Green for Fees 

Apprezers & Charges in sending S. Clark 

To George Mouck the overplus .... 

Execution being for . 

And the Land vallued at £72 10 












Memorandum out of Hon d Fathers Almanack viz : Meet the Proprietors 
of Dunstable at Woburn July 17 th 1694 

Memorandum Taken out of Hon d Fathers acct Book Nov br l 8t 1733 p 
me Samuel Sewall 

Non Resident Proprietors of Dunstable. 

Timothy Clark Esq r Marg* Woodmansy 

Samuel Sewall Esq r John Legg 

John Vial William Brown 

Widow Monk Thaddeus Maccarty 

John Edwards Sampson Sheaf 

Col Hutcheson Esq r David Edwards 

John Hubbard Joseph Dowding 

Thomas Clark John Colman 

Jonathan Wardwell Giles Dyer 

Dunstable 250 Acres. Sold to John Sawyer of Lancaster for 200 lb one 
to be paid down, & to give Bond for one Hund d pounds to pay within 12 
months or 2 years at farthest Sept 29 th 1726 S Sewall with Rights & 
Priviledges if any be 

Notea Bene If the Tract of Land hold out above Three hund d acres 
the sd Sawyer is to have the refusal of it be it more or less 

Samuel Sewall 

Page 174 Ace* Book 
1727-8 To Thorn 8 Cummins for Mr Nath 1 Prentice 5s 
Nov br 19 th To Capt Henry Farwell for Assisting Capt Danforth in sur- 
veying Lands at Dunstable 15s Danforth 2s 

An ace* of what I lay out as to Dunstable Lands 

Capt Blanchard at Orange Tree ..... 

To Mr. Foxcroft for Coppy ...... 

April To Journey to Dunstable spent with Mr. J. Tyng 
July 17 th Looking Records 

Mr. Phypps Charlstown .... 

Col Balantine Ditto ..... 

Marked " 1734 Dunstable charges " . 

Rev. Elias Nason, in his History of Dunstable, 1877, page 108, 
says, " In 1772 Nathaniel Balston* of Boston sold 350 acres bounded 
Easterly by Brattles farm, south by Tyngs farm, north by land for- 
merly owned by Edward Cowell." 

* The wife of Nathaniel Balston was granddaughter of Judge Sewall, and this land may 
have been a portion of his estate. 

















Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 



BANK OF 1740. 

By Andrew McFarland Davis, S.B., of Cambridge, Mass. 
[Concluded from page 197.] 

James, Bridgewater. A, I, N, 0, S. 
Nathaniel, Bridgewater. A, 0, P, S. 

Manassah. A. 

How, Howe. 
James, Worcester. A, G, N, S. 
Moses, Eutland. A, G, N, O, S. 
Perley, Dudley. 0, R, S. 
Samuel, Worcester. O. 
Timothy, Marlborough. A, D, N, 0, S. 

David, Bridgewater. A, B, O, S. 
Ephraim. A, R. 
Jonathan. A. 
Thomas. A. 

Henry. A, B. 

Daniel, Norton. A, J, O, P, S. 
Ebenezer. A, B. 
Samuel, Weymouth. 0, R, S. 
Thomas, Weymouth. A, B, O, R, S. 

Jennings, Jinnings. 
Edward, Boston. 0, P, R, S. 

Jewell, Jewill, Jtjell. 
John, Stow. A, D, N, 0, S. 
William, Plymouth Co. I. 

Benjamin, Leicester. A, G, 0, P, R, S. 
John, Bridgewater. A, B, N, 0, S. 
Joseph, Marlborough. A, D, N, O, Q, S. 
William, Worcester. G, N, O, S. 

Cornelius, Sandwich. A. 
Elisha, Weston. A, D, 0, S. 
Elyas. B. (probably same person as 

preceding entry.) 
Ephraim. A, B. 
James, Jr., Weston. A, B, R, S. 
Nathaniel, Falmouth. A, B, N, 0, 

R, S. 
Samuel, Boston. A, B, C, 0, P, R, S. 
Samuel, Lynn. O, S. 
Samuel, Jr., Weston. O. 
Thomas. A. 

William, Boston or Braintree. A, B, William, Lunenberg. A, B,N, 0, S. 

C, O, P, S. 

Samuel. A. 

James. B. 

Jonathan. A. 

Benjamin, Salem. A, E, N, 0, R, S. 

James, Leicester. A, G, 0, P, S. 
Jonathan, Framingham, Framington. 
A,D, 0,P, R, S. 
Jacob, Jacobs. 
Benjamin, Scituate or Plymouth. I, 
N, O, R, S. 

Jordan, Jorden, Jordin, Jourden, 
Baruck, Braintree. A, O, P, S. 
Joseph, Stoughton. A, C, N, O, R, S. 
Thomas, Stoughton. .A, N, O, R, S. 
josselyn, joselyn, joseline, jos- 
lin, Josling, Josslyn. 
Ebenezer, Abington. A, B, I, 0, P, R, 

Thomas, Hanover. A (twice), B 
(twice), I, N, O, R, S. 
Prince. A, B. 

John, Halifax. A, I, O, P, R, S. 

Ephraim, Bridgewater. A, O, S. 

John, Hingham. A, B, C, N, 0, P, S. George, Mendon. A, G, N, O, S. 

James. Gershom, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 

Benjamin, Scituate. A, B, I, N, O, S. Isaac, Uxbridge. 0. 

Jarvis. Israel, Uxbridge. A, B, M, R, S. 

James. A, B. Job, Mendon. A, B, G, 0, P, R, S. 

Jefferson, Jeppherson, Jeperson, Josiah, Easton. C, J, O, P, R, S. 

Jepherson. Simeon or Simon, Mendon. A, B, G, 

Thomas, New Sherborn. A, G, M, N, O, P, R, S. 

O, R, S. William. A. 

Jenks. Kelly, Kelley. 

John, Lynn. A, E, N, 0, S. Abiel, Methuen. E, O, S. 

Nathan, Lynn. A, E, N, 0, S. Abiel, Jr., Methuen. A, R. 

Samuel, Lynn. A, E, N. Richard, Methuen. A, E, 0, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Samuel. A. 

Kenney, Kenny. 
Daniel. A, B. 

Keyes, Keys. 
Solomon, Brookfleld. G, 0, S. 

Nathaniel, Cambridge or Charlestown. 
A, B, D, O, R, S. 


Samuel, Brimfield. L, O, R, S. 


Abner, Haverhill. B, E, N, O, S. 
Ebenezer, Beverly or Haverhill. D, 

N, R, S. 
Ebenezer, Hopkinton. O, W, S. 
John, Wenham. A, N, O, S. 


John. A. 

David. A. 
John, Kingsfleld. A. 
John, Norton. A, J, N, O, S. 

Eben, Beverly. O. 

John, Bridgewater. A, B, O, P, R, S. 
John, Weymouth. A, N, O, R, S. 
Sam. Jr. , Bridgewater. A, O, P, R, S. 

Daniel, New Sherborn. G. 

Harris. A. 

Knight, Knights, Nights. 
John, Manchester. E. 
Joseph, Manchester. A, B, E, 0, S. 

Knowlton, Knoulton, Naulton. 
Abraham, Ipswich. A, O, W, R, S. 
Ebenezer, Ipswich. A, B, E, N, O, S. 
H., Ipswich. N. 

John, Manchester. A, B, E, O, S. 
Samuel. A, B. 

William, Boston. 0, R, S. 


Benjamin, Norton. A, N, 0, S. 
Ephraim, Norton. A, J, N, O, R, S. 
Job, 3d. A, B. 

Lawrence, Lawrance. 
Jonathan, Norton. A, J, 0. 
Thomas. A. 
William. A, B. 

Lawton, Lauton. 
Jacob. A. 
Thomas, Bristol. J, N, O, S. 

David, Bridgewater. I, N, O, R, S. 

Learned, Larned. 
David, Watertown. A, D, Q, R, S. 
Edward, Sherburn. N, O, S. 
Isaac, Oxford. G, O, R, S. 

Leavitt, Leavit. 
Solomon, Pembroke. I, N, S. 

Lee, Lece. 
Henry, Worcester. A, G, 0, R, S. 
John, Boston. A, D, O, N, S. 
Joseph, Concord. A, D, 0, S. 
Samuel. A. 
William, Boston. A, B, N, 0, S. 

[The names of four of the Lees will 
be found in the alphabetical list of the 
Commissioners under Lece.] 

Leland, Lalend, Lealand, Lee- 
land, Leyland. 
Benjamin, Grafton. A, B, G, N, O, S. 
James, Grafton. A, B, G, N, S. 
Samuel, Grafton. O. 

David, Watertown. 0. 
Eliphalet, Easton. A, J, N, 0, S. 
Elkanah, Middleborough. J, N, 0. 

R, S. 
Ephraim. A. 

George, Norton. A, N, 0, S. 
Isaac, Oxford. O. 

Lewis, Lewes. 
Isaac, Chelsea. A, N, O, R, S. 

Isaac, Pembroke. A. 
John. A. 
Otis. P. 


Nathaniel, Braintree. A, B, C, 0, S. 


John, Dracut. A. D, N, O, S. 


Leonard. A, B. 

Daniel, Woburn. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 


Anthony. A. 

Samuel. A. 

Nathaniel, Berwick. A, 0, R, S. 


James, Hull. A, C, N, S. 
John, Hull. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Samuel, Hull. O. 


Solomon, Pembroke. O. 


Woodward, Attleborough. A, J, O, 
P, S. 


Edward, Hopkinton. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 

Joseph. A. 

Elkanah, Stoughton or Braintree. A, 
B,C,0,P, S. 

Uriah. A. 

Makepeace, Makepeice. 
Gershom, Brookfleld. A, H, 0, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Malcom, Mallcomb. 
Michael, Georgetown. J[ N, W, S. 

Ebenezer. A. 
Insigu. A. 
Pelatiah, Wrentham. A, C, 0, Q, S. 

Samuel, Salem. A, E, N, S. 

David, Scituate. O, R, S. 

Joseph. A. 

Mirick, Myrick, Mireck, Myreck. 
Ebenezer, Kingsfield. J, O, P, R, S. 
Ezra, Bradford. A, B, O, R. 
Samuel, Berkley. N, O, R, S. 
Timothy, Methuen. A, B, O, R, S. 

Moffat, Moffatt, Moffet, Moo 
fet, muffatt. 
Joseph, Lunenberg. A, G, N, 0, R, S, 
William, Lunenberg. G. 

Monroe, Munroe, Munro. 
Thomas, Concord. A, B, D, N, O, 
R, S. 

Moore, More, Mower, Moor. 

Marsh, Marsch. 
Benjamin, Sutton. A, B, G, H,N, 0, S. Collins. A 
Joseph, New Sherburne. A, M, N, Daniel, Sudbury. D. N, 0, S. 

O, R, S. 

John, Billerica. A, B, D, 0, S. 

David. A. 

Mathews, Mather. 
John, Southborough. A, K, N, 0, S. 

Maudsley, Maudley. 
David. A. 
Ebenezer. A. 

Benjamin. A, B. 
Ephraim, Rehoboth. N, 0, P, R, S. 

Elias, Sudbury. A, B, N, O, R, S. 
James, Worcester. G, N, O, S. 
Richard, Lynn. A, E, N, 0, R, S. 
Uriah, Sudbury. A, B, N, 0, S. 
William, Sudbury. A, B, D, N, R, S. 


Daniel. A. 

George, Norton. J, N, 0, S. 

John. A. 

Thomas, Norton. A, J, 0, S. 

Morgan, Morgain. 
Ralph, Dorchester. C, N, S. 
-, Stoughton. N. 

Samuel, Stoughton or Weymouth. A, Samuel, Manchester. A, B,E, 0, R, S. 
N, 0, R, S. Morgridge. 

McCltjre. Samuel. A. 
Samuel, Newbury. 0, R, S. Mosey. 

McComb, McCombs, McCoomb, Mac- George. B. [Morey?] 
Come, Macomb. Morse, Morss, Morrse, Moss. 

John, Brookfield. A, G, N, 0, R, S. Benjamin, Sutton. A. G. N, O, S. 

McHard, McChord, Mackhard, Edmund, Mendon. G, N, 0, Q. 

McHerd. Edward, Mendon. A, S. 

James, Haverhill. A, B, E, N, 0, S. Samuel, Mendon. A, B, G, 0, R, S. 

John. A. 
Nathaniel. A. 

David, Concord. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 
Eleazer. A, B. 
Robert. A, B. 

Merrick, Merick. 
Ebenezer, Kingsfield. A. 
Ezra, Bradford. S. 
Timothy, Methuen. E, N. 

Merritt, Merret. 
Ichabod, Leicester. A, G, 0, Q, R, S. 

George. A. 

John, Dedham. J. 

Mighill, Meghill. 
Nathaniel, Rowley. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Francis, Middleborough. A, I, N, 0, 

R, S. 
John, Middleborough. N, 0, P, S. 
Samuel. A. 

Millet, Millett. 
John, Gloucester. B, E, N, 0, S. 
Nathaniel. B. 

William, Sudbury. O. 

Morse, Cowdrey &. • 
See Cowdrey & Morse. 

Mudge, Mugg. 
John, Maiden. A, D, N, 0, S. 

Murrey, Muzzy, Muzzey. 
Joseph, Sudbury. A, B, N, 0, S. 

John, Weymouth. B, C, 0, R, S. 

Stephen. B. 

James, Boston. S. 
Jonathan, Upton, A, B, N, 0, S. 
Nathaniel, Mendon. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 

Newell, New all, Newill. 
Eleazer. A. 
Ebenezer. A. B. 
Josiah, Needham. C, N, 0, S. 

Aaron, Eastown. R. 
Aaron, Shrewsbury. A, G, N, 0, S. 
Hibbert, Boston. A, B, C, 0, P ,R, S. 
Isaac, Southborough. A, G, N, 0, Q, S. 
Uriah, Marlborough. A, D, 0, Q, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1740. 


Nicholls, Nickels, Nicols. 
Ebenezer, Reading. A, B, D, N, O, S. 
James, Jr., Reading. A,B,D,N, 0,R.S. 
John, Reading. N, O, S. 
Jonathan, Sutton. A, B, G, N, O, S. 
Joshua, Brookfleld. R. 
Joshua, Leicester. A, G, 0, S. 
William. A, B. 


Ebenezer. A. 
Parmenter, Parmeter, Parmitter, 
Amos, Framingham. A, D, N, 0, S. 
Joseph or John, Sudbury. A, B, D, N, 
O, R, S. 
Bartholomew, Newbury. R. 

Jeremiah, Lunenburg. A, B, G, N, 0. Eleazer, Gloucester. A, B, fe, N, O, 

Q, S. 


John, Sen. A. 

John. A. 

David, Salem. N, O, R, S. 

Francis, Lynn. A, B, E, O, S. 
Stephen, Attleborough. A, O, P, S. 


Zachariah. A. 

James. A. 


R, S. 
John. Gloucester. A, E, N, O, R, S. 

John, Ipswich. A, N, 0, S. 

Patten, Pattin. 
Thomas, Billerica. N, 0, R, S. 
Thomas, Jr., Middlesex. A, B, D. 

Patteshall, Pattershall. 
Robert, Boston. C, N, O, S. 

Jonathan, Boston. N, 0, S. 
Henry. A, B. 

Francis, Middleton. A, E, 0, S. 
Francis, Jr., Middleton. A, E, 0, S. 

Stephen. A. Probably same as Nazro. Nathaniel, Middleton. E, N, O, R, S. 


Orcutt, Orcut, Orcute. 
Benjamin, Weymouth and Dedham. 
A, B, C, N, O, S. 

Stephen, Newbury. N, O, S. 

Peter, Salem. A, E, N, 0, S. 
William, Boston. N, O, R, S. 

Job, Scituate. I, N, 0, S. 

Daniel, Easton. J, N, O, S. 
William. A, B. 

Nathaniel. A. 

Pearson, Peirson. 
Bartholomew, Newbury. A, B, E, N, 

0, S. 
Jonathan, Newbury. A, B,E,N, R,S. 

Peasley, Peasly, Peaslee. 
Nathaniel, Haverhill. A, E, N, 0, S. 
Robert, Haverhill. E, N, O, S. 

William, Middlesex. A, B, D. 

John, Haverhill. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Nathaniel. A. 

Peirce, Perce. 
Elisha, Scituate. A, B, N, O, S. 
Jeremiah. B. 

John, Rehoboth. A, J, N, 0, R, S. 
Thomas, Scituate. A, N, O, S. 



Samuel, Bridgewater. A, N, O, R, S. 

Christopher, Hardwick. G, O, S. 
David, Lunenburg. A, B, G, N, O, Q, S 

Pain, Paine, Payn, Payne. 
Ebenezer, Woodstock. A, G, 0, P, S. John, Suffield. A. 
Robert, Boston. O. Perkins. 

Samuel, Braintree. A, B, C, N, 0, Jacob, Ipswich. A. 
P, S. John, Bridgewater. O. 

Park, Parks. John, Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, R, S. 

Edward, Newton. A, N, R. Solomon, Bridgewater. 0, P, S. 

Edward, Jr., Newton. B, D, 0, R, S. Thomas, Arundel. N, 0, S. 
John, Newton. A, D, N, 0, S. Timothy, Bridgewater. A, R, S. 

Nathan, Uxbridge. A, B, G, 0, P, Q, Perry. 
R, S. 

Henry, Dunstable. 0, P, R, S. 
Isaac, Groton. A, B, D, N, S. 
Jacob, Boston. A, B, C, N, O, R, S. 
Jacob, Watertown. A, C, O, P, R, S. 
James, Jr. A. 

Solomon. A. 

Benjamin Jr., Stoughton. A, C, N, 

0, S. 
John, Grafton. G. 
Josiah, Stoughton. A, C, N, O, R. 
Nathaniel, Easton or Stoughton. A, 

C, N, 0, R. 
Thomas. A, B. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 



Benjamin. B. 


Amos, Rowley. A, B, E, N, O, S. 

Platts, Platis. 
Abel, Lunenberg. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

Plummer, Plumer. 
David, Gloucester. A, B, N, O, R, S. Robert, Easton. A, J, 0, S. 


Elisha, Sutton. A, G, N, 0, S. 
Henry, Charlestown. A, R. 
Henry, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. 
Isaac, Sutton. A, G, N, O, R, S. 

Randall, Randal. 

Daniel, Rowley. O, S. 

Eliphalet, Dedham. C, N, O, S. 

Thomas, Dighton. A, I, O, P, S. 

David, Sudbury. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 

David, Lunenburg. R. 

Raymond, Ramond. 
Benjamin, Beverly. A, E, N, 0, S. 
Daniel, Concord. A, B. D, O, P, R, S. 

Re a, Ray. 
Bartholomew, Salem. E, N, O, R, S. 

Read, Reed. 
Ebenezer, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, O, R, 

Isaac. A, B. 

Ralph, Dorchester. C,N (twice), 0,S. John, Uxbridge. A, B, M, N, O, S. 

Ralph, Stoughton. A, C, N, O, S. Joseph, Westford. A, D, N, O, S. 

Robert, Boston. A, N, S. Samuel, Lunenberg. A, B, G, N, 0, 

Porter. Q, R, S. 

Israel, Salem or Danvers. B, N, O, Samuel, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

R, S. Thomas, Sudbury. A, B (twice), N, 

Israel, Jr., Salem. A, E. O, R, S. 

John, Salem. N, O, S. Redway, Redaway. 

Joseph or Josiah, Salem or Danvers. James, Rehoboth. N, 0, R, S. 

E, N, O, R, S. 

John, Leicester. N, 0, R, S. 
Nathaniel, Leicester. O, R, S. 

Pratt, Prat. 
Phineas, Sudbury. A, B,D,0,R, S. 
Phineas, Worcester. M, O, P, R, S. 
Samuel, Chelsea. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Thomas, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 


Rice, Rise, Rist. 
Eliakim, Worcester or Sudbury. A. 

B, G, N, O, R, S. 
Gershom, Worcester. A, N, R. 
Gershom, Jr., Worcester. G, B, 0, S. 
Jotham, Worcester. A, B, G, O, P, S. 
Mathew. A. 

Mathias, Worcester. B, G, 0, S. 
Moses, Rutland. A, B, G, 0, P, R, S. 
Perez, Sutton. A, G, N, O, S. 

Solomon, Grafton, . A, B,G,N,0,R, S. Peter. B. 

Prescott, Prescot, Prescut, Pres- Phineas, Stow. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

cutt. Thomas, Uxbridge. A, G (twice), O, S. 

Charles, Concord. A, B, D, N, 0, R, S. William, Sudbury. A,* B, D, N, O, R, 

Jonathan, Concord or Littleton. A,B, S. 

D, O, P, R, S. Rich. 

Peter, Boston. A, B, C, D, O, S. Thomas, Brookfield. A, G. O, S. 

Preston, Presson, Preson. Richards, 

Randall or Randolph, Beverly. A, B, John, Dedham. C, N, O, R, S. 

C, N, O, S. Samuel, Dedham. C, N, O, S. 

Price. Richardson. 

Henry. A, B. William, Lancaster. A, G, N, 0, P, S. 

Priest. Ricks, Rix. 

Jonah or Jonas, Charlestown. A, D, Joseph, Boston. \ C, N, O, P, S. 

N, 0, R, S. 
Joseph, Middlesex. A, D. 

Proctor, Procter. 
Benjamin, Boston. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Gershom, Chelmsford. A, B, N, 0, S. 
John, Salem. N, 0, S. 
John 3d, Salem. A, E. 
Jonathan, Harvard. A, B, G, N, O, S. 
Thorndike, Jr., Salem. A, 0, S. 

Joseph, Sudbury. A, B, N, 0, S. 


Daniel, Sherburn. D, O, P, R, S. 
Samuel, Plymouth Co. I. 

Robins, Robbins. 
Eleazer, Harvard. A, G, O, S. 
Joseph. A. 
Robert, Littleton. A, N, O, R, S. 

Robinson, Roberson, Robertson. 
John, Jr., Dorchester. A, B, O, R, S. 
Josiah, Leicester. A (twice), B, M, 0, 
R, S. 

William, Needham or Wrentham. A, Samuel, Hardwick. A, G, N, O, S. 

B, D, 0, P, S. William, Newton. A, D, N (twice), O, 
William, Jr., Needham or Wrentham. R, S. 

C, L, O, P, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Samuel, Ipswich. A. 

John, Boston. A, C, N, O, R, S. 


Edward, Roxbury. A, B, D, N, O, S. 

Edward, Dighton. 0, P, R, S. 

Simmons, Symons, Simons, Sym- 
Constant, Dighton. A, 0, R, S. 


Capt. Joseph, Roxbury. A, C, N, O, S. George, Boston. A, B, C, N, S. 

Samuel. A. 
Joseph, Charlestown. A, D, N, 0, S. 

Sabln, Sabine. 
David, Hardwick. A, B, G, O, S. 

Thomas, Boston. A, B, C, N, 0, R, S. 

Sampson, Samson. 
Isaac, Middleton or Middleborough. 
A, I, O, R, S. 

Sanders, Saunders. 
Philip, Salem. N, O, S. 


Ebenezer, Suffleld or Woodstock. A, 

N, O, P, R, S. 
Ebenezer, Woodstock. A, G, 0, P. S. 
Elkanah. A. 
Israel, Weymouth or Dedham. C, N, 

O, S. 
John, Hingham. A (twice), C, N, 0, 

R, S. 
Nathaniel, Rehoboth. A, J, N, O 

(twice), P, S. 
Samuel, Eastham. A, F, N, R, S. 
Samuel, Suffleld. A. 
Solomon, Attleborough. A, J, O, P, S. 

John, Harvard or Nichaway (Nashua) Stephen, Dighton. J, N, O, S. 

or Lancaster. N, O, P, S. 
Jonathan, Harvard. A, M, N, R. 

Say ward, Sayard. 
Joseph. A. B. 

Scott, Scot. 
Samuel, Oxford. A, G, O, R, S. 
Samuel, Wrentham. A, N, 0, R, S. 

Seaver, Seavor, Sever, 
John, Brookline. A, B, N, O, S. 
Nathaniel, Brookline. A, B, N, O, S. 

Amos, Jr., Bridgewater. A, N, 0, R, 

Daniel or David, Bridgewater. A, O, 
R, S. 

Snow, Snoe. 
Ebenezer, Bridgewater. A, N, R, S. 
James, Bridgewater. A, R, S. 
Jonathan, Nottingham. A, O, P, R, S. 
Samuel, Bridgewater. O. 

Robert, Pramingham. A, B, D, N, O, Tobin, Bridgewater. O. 

P, S. 

Seavery, Severy. 
Joseph, Sutton. A, N, 0, S. 

Selew, Silew. 
Philip, Harwich. A (twice), B, F, 0, 

Sergeant, Sargent, Serjent. 
John, Gloucester. A, O, S. 

John. A, B. 

Shattuck, Shatuck. 
Benjamin, Jr. A. 
Stephen. A. 

Ichabod, Norton. A, B, J, 0, P, R, S. 
James, Plimpton. A, 0, P, R, S. 
John, Harvard. 0. 
Jonathan, Plimpton. O, P. R. S. 
Joseph, Leicester. A, N, O, R, S. 

Jacob, Boston. A, B, C, O, S. 

Jonathan. A (twice). 

Shepperd, Sheppard, Shepard. 
John, Stoughton. C, J, O, P, R, S. 
Thomas, Stoughton. A, C, N, O, S. 

Daniel, Brimfield. A. 
George, Boston. 0. 

Shillebar, Shelebar. 
William. A. 


Samuel, Bridgewater. O, P, R, S. 


John. A. 

John, Rowley. E, O, S. 

Daniel, Dartmouth. J, N, O, S. 


Ezeh. ? A. 

Timothy, Maiden. A (twice), D, N, 
O, R, S. 

John. A, B. 

Spurr, Spur. 
Thomas, Stoughton. A, C, N, R, S. 

John, Biddeford. 0, P, R, S. 

Stanwood, Stannerd. 
David, Gloucester. A, O, S. 
James, Gloucester. A, E, N, O, R, S. 

Stead, Slead. 
Edward, Swanzey. 0, S. 

Stearns, Sterns, Sternes. 
Ebenezer. A. 

John, Worcester. A, B, G, S. 
Josiah, Watertown. A, D, N, O, S. 
Samuel, Littleton. A, N, O, S. 
Thomas, Worcester. A (twice), B. 

John, Worcester. O. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1740. 


Stebbins, Stebins. 
Thomas, Brimfleld. A, J, N, O, S. 

Stephens, Stevens. 
Israel, Grafton. A. G, N, O, S. 
John, Townsend. A, B, D, N, O, S. 
Nicholas. A. 

Phinehas, Rutland. A, G, O, S. 
Roger, Brookfield. N, O. R, S. 
Samuel, Roxbury. A, B, C, 0, P, R, S. 
Timothy, Boston. N, O, P, R, S. 

Stetson, Stutson. 
Amos, Braintree. A, C, O, S. 
James. A. 

Talbot, Talbott, Talbutt, Tal- 

Benjamin, Dighton. A, J, N, 0, P, R, 

Josiah, Dighton. A (twice), J, N, O, 

Samuel, Dighton. A (twice), N, 0, P, 

Abraham, Jr., Dunstable. A, B, D, 

O, R, S. 
Daniel, Townshend. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 
Eldrecl. A. 

Joseph, Jr., Pembroke. I, O, P, R, S. Ephraim. A, B. 

Nehemiah, Pembroke. I, O. R, S. Jacob, Westford or Westfield. A, N, 

Steward. O, S. 

Joseph. A. Jonathan, Littleton. A, N (twice), 

Stockbridge. O, S. 

Benjamin, Scituate. A, B, I, N, 0, S. William. A. 

Joseph. A, B. Terrell, Terel, Terrel, Tirrell. 

Stockwell, Stuckwell. William, Abington. A, B, N, 0, R, S. 

David, Sutton. A, G, O, P, S. Terry. 

John, Sutton. A, G, N, 0. S. John, Grafton or Sutton. N, 0, S. 

Stoddard. Josiah. A. 

William, Boston. A, B, N, 0, S. Thacher. 

Stone. Peter, Micldleton or Middleborough. 

Daniel. A, B. A, I, N, R, S. 

David, Beverly or Tewksbury. A, B, Samuel. A. 

E, N, O, S. Thayer, Thare. 

James, Framingham. A, B, D, O, S. Benjamin, Mendon. A (twice), G, N, 

Jonathan. A. O, R, S. 

Robert, Salem. A, E, N, O, S. Daniel, Braintree. A, B,C, O, P, S. 

Simon or Simeon, Harvard. A, B, G. David, Mendon. A, R. 

N, O, S. David, Jr., Mendon. A, B, N, 0, R, S. 

Thomas, Framingham. A, D, O, S. John, Mendon. A, B, G, N, O, S. 

Uriah,'LeicesterorOxford.A,G,N,0,S. Jonathan, Bellingham. A, B, C, N, 

William, Norton. A (twice), B, J, N, O, S. 

Story. [0,R,S. Richard, Bridgewater. B, R, S. 

William. A. 

Jonathan. A. 

John, Watertown. A, D, N, 0, R, S. 

John, Maiden. A. 
Samuel, Maiden. A, 

Benjamin, Milton. A, N, O, S. 
Josiah, Milton. A, C, N, O, S. 

Giles. A. 

Josiah, Sandwich. A, F, N, 0, R, S. 
Josiah, Wareham. F, N, O, P, S. 
Thomas, Plymouth. A, F, N, O, S. 

Benjamin, Uxbridge. A (twice), B, 

G, N, (twice;, S. 
Israel. A, B. 

John, Uxbridge, A, G, N, S. 
Jonathan, Charlestown. O. 
Josiah, Uxbridge. A, B, N, O. S, 
Mijamin, Uxbridge. A, B, G, R, S. 
Robert, Mendon. G, N, O, S. 
Samuel, Uxbridge. A,B,G,0(twice),S. 
Stephen, Uxbridge. A, B, O. 

Uriah, Mendon. B, G, N, O, S. 

John, Barrington. N, 0, S. 

Joshua, Jr. A. 

Joshua, Boston. A, B, C, D, N, 0, P, 
R, S. 


David, Stoughton. A, B, C, N, 0, S. 
Jonathan, Boston. A, I, N, O, S. 

Daniel. A. 


Barnabus, Freetown. 0, P, R, S. 

John. A. 
Josiah. B. 

William. A. 

Town, Towns. 
Richard, Topsfield. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Townsend, Tounshend. 
David, Lynn. A, B, E, N, O, S. 


Micah, Brimfleld. A, L, N, 0, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


John. A. 

William, Beverly. E, N, 0, S. 

John, Wenham. E. 

Ephraim, Milton. A, C, N, O, E, S. 

Jonathan, Charlestown. N, R, S. 

Abner, Hanover. A, I, O, P, S. 

Abraham, Sudbury. R. 
Daniel, Marlborough. A, D, N, 0, R, 

Daniel, Worcester. A, G, Q, N, 0, 

R, S. 
Jabez, Marlborough. A, D, 0, Q, S. 
William. A. 

Ware, Weare. 
William, Norton. A (twice), B, J, N, 
0, S. 

Ezekiel, Hanover or Plymouth. A, N, Joshua. A, B. 

O, R, S. 
John, Scituate. I, 0, P, R, S. 
John, Jr. A, R. 
Seth, Scituate. A, B, I, N, S. 


Edward, Chelsea. A, C, N, O, S. 
Elisha, Chelsea. A. 
Samuel. A. B. 

Joseph. A. 
Nathaniel. A, B. 

Joseph. A. 

Ebenezer, Maiden. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 
Jabez, Brookfield. A, N, 0, S. 
James. A. 
Phinehas, Maiden. A, B, D, N, 0, S. 


Elijah, Boston. A, B, N, O, P, S. 
Israel. A, B. 
John. A, B. 

Samuel. A, B. 

Vose, Voce. 
David. A, B. 
Elisha, Milton. A, N, 0, S. 
Nathaniel, Milton. A, N, R, S. 

Timothy. A. 

Wait, Wayt, Waite. 
John. A. 

Jonathan, Lynn. A, E, N, O, R, S. 
Joseph. A. 

Nathaniel, Leicester. M, N, 0, S. 
William. A. 

Walcut, Walkutt, Walcot, Wal- 
cott, woolcut, woolcot. 
Benjamin, Boston. A, C, N, O, P, S. 
Ebenezer, Andover. E, N, O, S. 
Nathaniel, Brooktield. O, S. 

Wales, Whales. 
Elkanah, Braintree. A, B, 0, R, S. 

Seth. A, B. 

William, Lunenberg. A, B, G, N, 0, 
P, R, S v . 


John, Marlborough. A, D, N, 0, Q, S. 
Watson, Wetson, Wattson, What- 


James, Leicester. A. 

Isaac, Cambridge. A, B, D, 3 R, S. 

Oliver, Leicester. G, N, 0, S. 

Patrick. A. 

William, Leicester. A, G, N, O, S. 

Daniel, Chelsea. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Samuel, Chelsea. A, N, 0, S. 

Joseph, Boston. A, C, N, 0, S. 
Nathan, Uxbridge. A, B, G, N, 0, S. 

Israel, Salisbury. A, E, 0, R, S. 
Stephen, Salisbury. A, E, O, Q, S. 

Weld, Weild. 
Joseph, Roxbury, A, B, C, O, R, S. 
Thomas, Upton. A, B, N, 0, R, S. 

Daniel. A. 

Moses. A. 
Nathaniel. A. 
Thomas (see Weld.) 

John. B. 

John. A, B. 

Samuel, Salem. N, 0, S. 

Wetherbee, Witherbee, Wither- 
by, Wytherby, Wetherby, We- 
therbe, Whetherbee, Wethers- 


Daniel, Stow. A, D, N, O, S. 
Ephraim, Lunenberg or Taunton. A, 

B, G, N, O, R, S. 
John, Harvard. A, G, N, O, S. 
Josiah, Stow. A, D, N, 0, S. 
Wetherell, Witherell, Weather- 
ell, Withrel, Wither all, Whi- 
ther all. 
Jeremiah, Taunton. J, 0, R, S. 
John, Eastham. A, F, 0, P, R, S. 

Livermore. A. 

Wheaton, Wheaten. 
Caleb, Needham. A, B, C, N, 0, P, S. 


Partners in the Land Bank of 1 740. 


Thomas, Jr. A, B. 

Wiley, Willey. 
Benjamin, Lynn. A, E, N, 0, R, S. 
Benjamin, Jr., Lynn. E, 

Acquilla, Middleton. E, 0, S. 
David, Middleton. E, 0, R, S. 
Isaac, Middleton. A (twice), E, N, 0, 

Willi ams. 
Benjamin, Easton. A, J, N, 0, R, S. 
Isaac. A. [entered Williams or Wil- 
John. A, B. 

Wheeler, Weeler. 
Abijah. A, B. 
Benjamin. A. 

Philip, Rehoboth. A, J, N, 0, P, S. 
Thomas. B. 
Timothy, Concord. A, B, D, N, 0, Q, 

William, Boston. C, R. 
William, Jr., Boston. A, 0, S. 

Wheelock, Willock. 
Daniel or David, Uxbridge. A, B, G, 

N, 0, S. 
Thomas. A. 

Whipple, Wipple. 
Jacob, Grafton. A, B, G, N (twice), Joseph. A. 

0, R, S. Nathaniel, Roxbury. A, C, 0, S. 

John, Jr., Ipswich. A, E, N, 0, R, S. Obadiah, Boston. A, N, 0, R, S. 
Joseph, Grafton. A, B, G, N, 0, R, S. Seth. B. 
Joseph, Jr., Ipswich. A, B, 0. Willis. 

Whitaker. Joshua, Bridgewater. A, N, O, S. 

Richard, Rehoboth. J, P, R, S. Samuel. A. 

Whitcomb, Witcomb, Whetcome, Wilson. 

Whitcombe, Whittcomb. Isaac. (See Williams.) 

Benjamin, Leominster. A, B, G, 0, James, Leicester or Stockbridge. A, 

Q, S. H, N, R, S. 

James, Rochester or Weston. I,N, 0, Joseph, Maiden. A, D, N, O, S. 

R, S. Sam ? Leicester. O. 

Jonathan, Bolton. A (twice), N, 0, Samuel, Woodstock. G, 0, P, R, S. 

R, S. Winslow. 

Joseph, Lancaster. A, G, N, O, Q, S. Edward, Jr. A. 
Hezekiah, Lancaster. G, O, S. John. A. 

White, Samuel, Rochester. A, I, N, O, S. 

Aaron, Uxbridge or Mendon. A, M, Wise. 

O, R, S. Ami R., Ipswich. E, O, S. 

Benjamin, Middleborough or Middle- Daniel, Ipswich. E, O, S. 

ton. A (twice), O, P, R, S. Witcher. 

James, Wenham. O. Richard. A. 

John, Gloucester. A, E, 0, R, S. Withington, Withinton. 

John, Uxbridge. A, G, N, S. Ebenezer, Dorchester. A, B, C, N 

John, Wenham. A, E, 0, R, S. (twice), O, S. 

Joseph, Sutton. A, N, Q. Wood, Woods. 

Joseph, Uxbridge. G, O, S. Abraham, Sudbury. A, B, N, 0, R, S. 

Josiah, Sutton. A, B, M, N (twice), Abram, Jr., Middlesex. D. 

O, S. 

Josiah, Wenham. A, E, R, S. 
Mark, Acton. A, B, D, N, O, S. 
Philip. A. 

Thomas, Uxbridge. A, G, O, S. 
William, Mendon. G, O, S. 

Whitney, Whittney, Witney. 
Jonathan, Lunenberg. A (twice), B 
(twice), G, N, O, S. 

Whitridge, Whitteridge, Whit- 


Livermore, Beverly. B, E, N, O, S. 

Whittemore, Wittimore. 
John, Leicester. A, G, N, O, S. 
Pelat'iah, Maiden. N, 0, S. 
Samuel. A, B. 

Richard, Rehoboth. O. 

Wilde, Wild. 
Jonathan, Braintree. A, B, C, N, O, S. 

Ezekiel, Uxbridge. A, B, G, 0, S. 

James, Uxbridge. A, G, N, 0, S. 

John, Concord. A, D, 0, S. 

Joseph. A, B. 

Josiah. A. 

Obadiah, Uxbridge. A, N, O, S. 

Solomon, Uxbridge. A (twice), B, G, 

N, R, S. 
Solomon, Jr., Uxbridge. A, B, G, 0, 

P, R, S. 
Woodbury, Woodbery, Woodber- 

Benjamin, Sutton. A, G, N, 0, S. 
Humphrey, Gloucester. A, E, N, 0, S. 

Jeremiah, Needham. A, B, C, N, 0, R, 

Michael, Needham. A, N, O, R, S. 
Nathaniel, Attleborough. A, J, 0, P, 



Baptisms at Pembroke , Mass. 


Woodward, Woodard. Woster, Worster, Wooster. 

Abraham, Brookline. A, B, C, N, 0, S. Francis, Sandwich. A, F, N, 0, R, S. 

Benjamin, Scituate. O, S. Wright, Right. 

Ezekiel, Gloucester. N, O, R, S. James, Rutland. A, B, G, R, S. 

Ezekiel, Jim. Gloucester. A, N, S. Samuel, Rutland. 0. 

John, Sudbury. A (twice), D, 0, P, Thomas. A, B. 

R, S. William. A. 

Woodworth. Wyman. 

Benjamin, Scituate. N. (Probably Samuel. A, B. 
same as Woodward, Benjamin.) 


Jonathan, Bradford or Bedford. A, Thomas, Gloucester. A, E, N, O, S. 

B, O, R, S. Young. 

Thomas, Bedford. A, B, N, 0, R, S. William. A, B. 

PEMBROKE, MASS., FROM 1748 TO 1803. 

Communicated by Mrs. Elroy M. Avery of Cleveland, Ohio. 

[Concluded from page 183.] 


Nathaniel, son of Henry Perry, Jun'r. 

Clarissa, daughter of John Ramsdell. 

Josiah Cushing, son of Isaac Thomas. 

Debby Allen, daughter of Richard Lowden, Jun'r. 

Benjamin, son of Thomas Stetson. 

William, son of Gersham Ramsdell. 

Chloe, daughter of Reuben Harding, administered 

on account of his wife. 
Gideon Thomas, son of Elijah Damon, Jun'r. 
Sarah, daughter of Snow Baker. 
Fanny, daughter of Reuben Clark. 
Rachel, daughter of Ebenezer Bonney. 
Dianna, daughter of Lot Phillips. 
Joseph, son of Capt. Joseph Smith. 
Sarah Lindsey, daughter of Nathaniel Hill. 
Christiana, daughter of Isaac Josselyn. 
Richard, son of Benjamin Beuker, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Ezra, son of Noah Bonney. 
Warren, son of Abel Bourn. 
Gad, son of Alexander Soper, Jun'r. 
Calvin, son of Nathaniel Thomas. 
Ebenezer Standish, son of Isaac Thomas, Jun'r. 
Roland, son of Ezekial Bonney. 


Mehetabel, daughter of Nathaniel Cushing. 
Sagey, daughter of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 


27, 1791. 


































r 5, 










11, 1792. 




Baptisms at Pembroke , Mass. 



13, 1792 



























September 8, 

Lurania, daughter of Ichabod Howland. 

Jemima Lindsey, daughter of Francis Josselyn. 

Priscilla, daughter of Isaac Josselyn. 

Sally, daughter of Isaah Keen, administered on ac- 
count of his wife. 

Charles William, son of Charles William Soul. 

Betty, daughter of Charles Ramsdell. 

Elijah, son of Samuel Ramsdell, Jun'r. 

Isaac, son of Isaac Beals. 

Lyman, son of Eleazer Josselyn. 

Jotham, son of Joshua Pratt, Jun'r. 

Earl, son of Joseph Josselyn, Jun'r. 

Betty, daughter of John Beals. 

Nabby, daughter of Nathan Sprague. 

Nancey, daughter of Snow Baker. 

Nabby, daughter of Samuel Holmes, administered 
on account of his wife. 


7, 1793. 



















September 15, 







November 24, 


23, 1794 
























Bethiah Barker, daughter of Barnabas Perry. 
Zavan, infant Christopher Phillips. 
Lettuce, daughter of Samuel Hill, Jun'r. 
William Peaks, son of Elijah Damon, Jun'r. 
Elizabeth Paris, daughter of Ebenezer Bonney. 
Joe, daughter of Reuben Harding. 
Lucy, daughter of Zadoc Reed. 
Roxanna, daughter of Ezekial Bonney. 
Isaac, son of Seth Cocks. 
Bethiah, daughter of James Bourn, Jun'r. 
Orphey, daughter of Gamaliel Bisbee. 
Elizabeth, daughter of Bowen Baker. 
Martin, son of John Ramsdell. 
Joshua, son of Capt. Joseph Smith. 
Isaac Smith, son of Isaac Thomas, Jun'r. 
Chrissey Wadsworth, daughter of Lot Phillips. 


Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Cushing. 

Judith, daughter of Jeremiah Stetson, Jun'r. 

Harriott, daughter of George William Munroe. 

Luther, son of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Lydia West, daughter of Barnabas Holmes, adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Sophia, daughter of Isaac Josselyn. 

Turner, son of Nathaniel Clarke and Sally, daughter 
of Nathaniel Clark. 

Mary, daughter of Francis Josselyn. 

Judah, son of Noah Bonney, 

Alexander, son of Alexander Soper, Jun'r. 

Avice, daughter of Abel Bourn. 

Lydia, wife of Gersham Ramsdell. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass, 



22, 1794. 





September 14, 





November 16, 



December 28, 


29, 1795, 


















September 6, 







November 15, 


' 6, 


17, 1796 



















September 11, 









November 6, 





December 15, 

Edna, daughter of Isaih Keen, administered on ac- 
count ot his wife. 
Mary, daughter of Gersham Ramsdell. 
Katey, daughter of Henry Perry, Jun'r. 
Charles, son of Doct. Gad Hitchcock. 
Cushing, son of Snow Baker. 
Nathan, son of Eleazer Josselyn. 
Nahum, son of Richard Lowden, Jun'r. 
Polly Turner, daughter of Bowen Barker. 
Betsey, daughter of Nathan Dwelling (Dwelley?). 


Debby Hatch, daughter of Joseph Josselyn. 
Luther, son of Isaac Beals. 

Seneca, son of Samuel Briggs, administered on ac- 
count of his wife. 
Betty, daughter of Elijah Damon, Jun'r. 
Zavon, son of Christopher Phillips. 
Mercy, daughter of Henry Munroe. 
Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer Bonney. 
Richard, son of Nathaniel Hill. 
Sally, daughter of Isaac Soper. 
Charles, son of Nathan Sprague. 
Briggs, son of Leonard Hill. 
Avenic Standish, daughter of Isaac Thomas, Jr. 
David, son of Samuel Ramsdell, Jun'r. 
Joshua, son of Gersham Ramsdell. 
Thomas, son of Capt. Joseph Smith. 
Rhoda, daughter of John Perry. 


Roland, son of Ezekial Bonney. 

Lucy, daughter of Nathaniel Cushing. 

Polly, daughter of Zadoc Reed. 

Isaac Bourn, son of Isaac Josselyn. 

Sibyll Angier, daughter of Dr. Gad Hitchcock. 

Betty, daughter of Alexander Soper, Jr. 

Reuben, son of Reuben Harding, administered on 

account of his wife. 
Isaac, son of Isaac Soper. 
Bethiah, daughter of Eleazer Josselyn. 
Nabby Colemore, an adult. [wife. 

Thirsa, daughter of Isaiah Keen, on account of his 
Hannah Josselyn, daughter of George William 

Polly, daughter of Nathan Sprague. 
Ruth, daughter of Isaac Bowen Barker. 
Lucy, daughter of Oliver Whitten. 
Sarah, daughter of Gersham Ramsdell. 
Deborah, daughter of Abel Bourn. 
Roland, son of Nathaniel Hill. 
Eli, son of Thomas Stetson. 


Baptisms at Pembroke, Mass. 



12, 1797 





















September 3, 







November 12, 


Benjamin, son of Isaac Beals. 

Polly, daughter of John Beals. 

Lurania, daughter of Nathaniel Jones. 

Nabby Barker, daughter of Henry Perry, Jun'r. 

John, son of Jeremiah Stetson, Jun'r. 

Nathan, son of Nathan Dwelley. 

Thomas, son of Samuel Hill, Jun'r. 

Blaney, son of Lot Phillips. 

Lucy, daughter of Bennet Munroe. 

Lucia, daughter of Noah Bonney. 

Betsey, daughter of Simeon Jones. 

John, son of John Perrey. 

Elizabeth Paris, daughter of Ebenezer Bonney. 

Elijah, son of Elijah Damon. 

The Widow Honor Prat, an aged person. 

Stetson, son of Gamaliel Bisbee. 

Charles, son of Charles Cushing. 

January 21, 1798. 















September 9, 














17, 1799 















Deborah Thomas, daughter^ of [John JBriggs, now 
resident at Salem. 

Priscilla, daughter of Eleazer Josselyn. 

Ezekial, son of Ezekial Bonney. 

Thankful, daughter of Captain Joseph Smith. 

Emala, daughter of Elisha Josselyn. 

Branch, son of Joseph Josselyn. 

Osen, son of Charles Josselyn, Jun'r. 

Sarah Hill, daughter of Frank Josselyn. 

Isaac, son of Samuel Briggs, baptised on account of 
his wife. 

Luther, son of Gersham Ramsdell. 

Maria, daughter of Isaac Bowen Barker. 

Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Cushing. 

Deborah, daughter of Nathaniel Thomas. 

Priscilla Bourn, daughter of Isaiah Keen, adminis- 
tered on account of his wife. 

Charles, son of Isaac Thomas 2d. 

Heman, son of Isaac Soper. 

Lucy, daughter of Lemuel Bonney, Jun'r. 


Lydia, daughter of Snow Baker. 

Eunice Buck, daughter of Nathan Sprague. 

Eleanor, daughter of Isaac Josselyn. 

Luther, son of Zadoc Reed. 

Abel, son of Abel Bourn. 

Perez, son of Isaac Beal. 

Mary Sheldon, daughter of Dr. Gad Hitchcock. 

Lewis, son of John Perry. 

George, son of Nathaniel Cushing. 

1896.] Jefferson and Callender. 321 

Dolly, daughter of Nathaniel Jones. 
Nathaniel, son of Elijah Damon, Jun'r. 
Hannah, daughter of Samuel Hill. 
Lucy, daughter of Alverson Ramsdell. 
Lydia, daughter of Enos Cocks. 
Samuel Williams, son of Samuel Josselyn. 


Bennet, son of Bennet Monroe. 
Bowen, son of Isaac Bowen Barker. 
Rufus, son of Gersham Ramsdell. 
Joseph, son of Joseph Monroe. 
Mary, daughter of Jacob Bearse, Jun'r. 
Charles Josselyn, son of William Monroe. 
Thirza Hatch, daughter of Seth Beal. 
Samuel, son of Samuel Briggs. 

Here the record stops abruptly, but his son Dr. Gad Hitchcock records: 
"My honored father died Aug. 8, 1803, after an indisposition and confine- 
ment of four years." 


6, 1799. 







November 17, 



13, 1800. 
















Contributed by Worthington Chauncey Ford, Esq., of Washington, D. C. 

Of all the foreigners who were connected with journalism in the 
United States at the beginning of the century, James Thomson Cal- 
lender was easily first in the worst qualities of mind and character. 
It cannot be said that the ideals of journalism were high in those 
days, and the intensity of party struggle made the lowest instru- 
ments acceptable. Personalities were freely exchanged, and the 
character of no man was safe from the assaults of anonymous scrib- 
blers, who as easily changed their allegiance as their coat, and gained 
a precarious support from sensational paragraphs containing the 
least amount of truth expressed in the most outrageous language. 
Neither the journalist nor his half-brother, the pamphleteer of the 
day, was choice in his object or manner of attack. One of the 
ablest, Cobbett, wrote in the Political Censor for September, 
1796: "That lump of walking tallow, streaked with lamp-black, 
that calls itself Samuel F. Bradford, has the impudence to say that 
my wardrobe consisted of my old regimentals." This is only a 

The biographical details of Callender are very few. He was 

born in 1758, and wrote in Scotland in such a way that he was 

obliged to leave the country to avoid a prosecution for a political 

pamphlet. He was in Edinburgh in January, 1793, but must have 

vol. l. 24 

322 Jefferson and Callender. [July? 

come to the United States soon after. He became connected with 
the Philadelphia press, reporting the proceedings of Congress for' 
the Philadelphia Gazette. In his third session, he said, circum- 
stances " which I could neither foresee nor prevent made my situa- 
tion there extremely unenviable." These circumstances are probably 
those retailed in his "History" for 1796. 

" A person had, for almost two preceding sessions, attended the house to 
take minutes of its proceedings for the Philadelphia Gazette. In this wil- 
derness of scribbling, many particulars transpired, which members were 
ashamed to confess and afraid to deny. Four gentlemen were especially 
irritated, viz. Theodore Sedgwick, Dr. William Smith, Samuel Dexter, 
and Robert Goodloe Harper. Messrs. Dexter and Sedgwick were not able 
to forgive the figure that they had made in the nobility debates, as well as 
on some other occasions. Harper had disputed with Col. James White, 
delegate from Tennessee, on the defence of the South- Western frontier; 
and the particulars, which were not to his advantage, had been related with 
unfailing accuracy. But Dr. Smith was by far more rancorous than the 
other gentlemen collectively. During the debate on Madison's resolutions, 
Mr. Abraham Clarke of New Jersey said, turning round to his right hand, 
and looking at Mr. William Smith, that a stranger in the gallery might sup- 
pose there was a British agent in the house. The name of British agent 
became general. Mr. Smith was burnt in effigy at Charleston. On the 
rising of the session he found it convenient to shun a meeting with his con- 
stituents by a tour for the ensuiug summer into the Eastern States. The 
blame of this whole scandal was imputed to the pen of the guilty taker of 
minutes for the Philadelphia Gazette. Influence was employed, but in vain, 
to procure his dismission. This occurred in January, 1794.* 

In March, 1795, the complaints against the Gazette reports were 
renewed, and a resolution was adopted for appointing a committee 
to examine a stenographer. In January, 1796, Andreiv Robertson, 
a Scotsman, from Petersburg, was favored ; but payment for his 
services, at four thousand dollars a year, was to be divided between 
Congress, who contributed $2900, and Andrew Brown, publisher 
of the Gazette, on condition that the debates were to be printed 
first in his paper. Such an arrangement was not acceptable to the 
House, and in February the committee was released from further 
consideration of the question. It was without doubt about this 
time that Callender ceased to report the debates, for in May he ap- 
peals to Madison for the position of a schoolmaster, and mentions an 
unprofitable connection in Baltimore, where he then was.f 

* " History of the United States for 1796," p. 279. There must have been some strong 
provocation on Callender's part, as William B. Giles, who generally acted with the extreme 
republicans, was one of those who spoke in favor of his dismissal, an act not forgotten by 
the intended victim. 

f At some time he was engaged by Mathew Carey to prepare additions to Guthrie's 
Geography, for which he was paid two dollars a printed page, "a rate of payment for liter- 
ary composition not usual in America." The connection ended, as was usual, in a differ- 

"About two hundred pages of the American edition of Guthrie's Geographical Grammar 
were written by me; besides the correction of some thousands of errors in Guthrie's origi- 
nal text. In July, 1798, when I left Philadelphia, I parted with Mr. Carey in terms of con- 

1896.] Jefferson and Callender. 323 

He then turned up in Philadelphia in 1797, engaged in printing 
his History of 1796, and receiving financial assistance from Thomas 
Leiper and Alexander J. Dallas, and calling upon Jefferson to advance 
some pecuniary assistance which had been promised. At this time 
the History of 1796 had so far advanced as to have published the 
charges of dishonesty against Hamilton, and to have called out a 
reply entitled " Certain Observations," in which Hamilton proved 
his honesty at the expense of his private morality. 

In a letter to Jefferson, Callender gloats over this episode : " If 
you have not seen it, no anticipation can equal the infamy of this 
piece. It is worth all that fifty of the best pens in America could 
have said against him" (28 Septem. 1797) ; and Jefferson seems to 
have given the aid to this wretched scribbler.* Madison was also 
involved, not only as a subscriber to his libels, but more directly as 
willing to supply material for his productions. | 

It must be admitted that his first formal publication — " The Ameri- 
can Annual Register ; or, Historical Memoirs of the United States, 
for the year 1796," is a sorry piece of work. From his reports of 
the proceedings of Congress he hastily patched a few chapters to- 
gether, with much desultory writing on Edmund Randolph, John 
Adams and Hamilton, the state of the press in America, a defence 
of Jefferson, and many other topics at home and abroad. It never 
rises above mediocrity, and the form is such as to make the reading 
a painful effort and an unprofitable expenditure of time. He has 
not yet acquired the knowledge which could give compact and con- 
secutive narration, nor is he so devoted a partisan as to see the true 
bearing on party success of the questions he handles so clumsily. 
The " Gazette of the United States " was not far from wrong when 
it described the " Annual Register " as the veri